OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has begun an investigation into alleged scams in the issuance of international passports and observance of expatriate quotas by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

The probe of the NIS specifically relates to its statutory responsibility of “controlling persons entering and leaving Nigeria, issuance of international passports to Nigerians within and outside the country, issuance of residence permits to foreigners in Nigeria and surveillance and patrol, among others.”

Declaring open an investigative hearing organized by the House Committee on Interior Wednesday, House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara said the parliament decided to examine all agreements related to these services.

He noted that the exercise was in response to the myriads of complaints that have pervaded the NIS on those services.

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Dogara said the House had earlier “deliberated and resolved on Thursday 17th, December 2015, to mandate its Committee on Interior to examine all agreements entered into by the 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 among other and report back to it.”

He said further: “Today’s event as organized by the House Committee on Interior is pursuant to that House Resolution and I urge all of you here present to cooperate with the Committee so that at the end of the day, Nigeria and Nigerians would be the ultimate beneficiaries.”

According to the Speaker, the “investigative hearing is one for which the National Assembly has clear powers and authority under the Nigerian Constitution to conduct”.



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