Connect with us


Aregbesola directs Immigration to allow Nigerians with expired passports return home



The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has been instructed by Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola to permit Nigerians living abroad to return to their country with expired international passports.

Aregbesola issued the instruction on Wednesday in Lagos in response to a complaint made by a Nigerian-American citizen, Mr. Jamui Kasumu, during his impromptu visit to the Alausa Passport Office.

He claimed that Nigerians living abroad were free to return home with a valid Nigerian passport.

The Minister stated that no Nigerian required a travel document to return home, with the exception of children whose parents were Nigerians but whose identities had not yet been verified in accordance with immigration regulations.

Read also: HURIWA demands Aregbesola, Magashi’s sack over jailbreaks

“I am using this medium to instruct all Nigeria Immigration Officers World-Wide to accord Nigerian travellers with expired Passport use such passports to return safely back home henceforth,” he said.

The Minister also advised Nigerians in diaspora to update their travel document ahead of time to avoid rush during emergency.

A Nigerian-American citizen named Jamui Kasumu earlier complained to the Minister that Delta Airlines and Nigerian Immigration in America had prohibited him from traveling to Nigeria because his passport had expired.

Kasumu claimed he was able to return to Nigeria after obtaining a travel document through a relative in Nigeria.

“I am appealing to you sir that the Immigration should allow Nigerians with expired Passport to come back to their country,” he said.

Join the conversation


Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now