Federal Government authorizes investigation over immigration officer’s misbehavior at Seme Border

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has been subject to an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by Interior Minister Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.

Earlier this month, on December 12, Moyo Okediji, an African art professor at the University of Texas in Austin, USA, posted on Facebook about being “extorted and robbed” of more than $500 at the Seme border in Nigeria after traveling through Ghana.

Okediji recounted an incident where he was interrogated by NIS agents and was subsequently asked to “settle” a $40 fine for traveling on an expired Nigerian passport.

Even though Okediji gave them the cash, he subsequently found out that $500 had gone stolen from his suitcase.

The professor further said that on the same day he arrived at Mile 2, FESTAC axis of Amuwo-Odofin LGA, Lagos, he was assaulted and had his documents confiscated by a group of police officers.

In response to the news, NIS spokesman Aridegbe Adedotun issued a statement on Saturday in which he claimed the agency will make adjustments to its border policies to make sure everything runs well.

The interior minister is “displeased with the alleged unprofessional activities at the Seme border,” according to NIS comptroller-general Caroline Adepoju, who added that the minister has ordered swift action to find those responsible.

She warned that the authorities in question would face “severe consequences” if the claims turn out to be accurate.

In order to rectify any problems, the CG also stated that she will personally supervise the execution of the modifications at the borders.

The CGI is deeply concerned about the alleged behavior and wants the public to know that they are taking swift and comprehensive action to investigate the problem. According to the statement, the NIS is dedicated to maintaining the utmost levels of professionalism, honesty, and service to the nation.

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“The NIS is responding to these accusations by making adjustments at our borders to make sure migrants can pass through safely without endangering our national security. These reforms are being closely monitored by the Comptroller General in an effort to rectify any deficiencies and strengthen the Service’s culture of accountability.

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