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Reps probe Immigration boss, Firstbank, Zenith over int’l passports



Reps probe Immigration boss, Firstbank, Zenith over int’l passports

The House Representatives has summoned the Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Martin Abeshi.

Abeshi was been asked to appear before the House Committee on Interior over issuance of travel documents and resident permits.

The Immigration Service boss is expected to appear alongside Chief Executives of five money deposit money banks including First bank of Nigeria, Skye bank, Sterling bank, UBA and Zenith bank to shed light on the Public Private Partnership arrangement on the travel documents issuance, including international passports.

Chairman of the Committee, Adams Jagaba, at a press briefing on Monday said the mandate of the Committee was to scrutinise all agreements entered into by Federal Ministry of Interior with any company or persons on any matter relating to the issuance of travel documents including international passports, residence permits and border surveillance and patrol.

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According to Jagaba: “The public hearing is to expose individuals and organisations that have short-changed Nigerians in the process of obtaining travelling documents.

“This Committee will not hesitate to invoke extant laws within its powers to ensure compliance for those that may not want to appear for the public investigative hearing.”

Other contractors invited include management team of National e-Government Ltd, CONTEC, IPTELCOM Network Ltd, Greater Washington, Messrs Vlata Com Ltd, Imperial Network Ltd, New Work Solution Inv. Ltd, Iris Smart Technologies Ltd and Soket Works Ltd.



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