The Nigeria Immigration Service has suspended until 1st June 2021, new applications for international passports in the country.
The country’s Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammed Babandede made the revelation during a press briefing in Abuja on May 17, stating that the directive was given by Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
“The process of receiving and processing all fresh passport applications nationwide is suspended till 1st June 2021, when the new passport regime would have taken effect,”
“The suspension of receiving and processing of fresh passport applications is to allow for clearance of every passport application that was received before 17th of May 2021.”
He said all payment portals have been closed till June 1 and a task force will be sent to passport offices to clear the backlog.
Babandede further stated that deputy comptrollers have been deployed to all passport centers to monitor the process and ensure the directive is adhered to.