Diplomatic passports: Ex-governors, ministers may lose severance benefits

Written by on July 14, 2016

download (13)The Federal Government has directed the Nigeria Immigration Service to write to federal, state and local government institutions and agencies to henceforth include the return of diplomatic passports as part of the conditions for payment of retirement and severance benefits.


The FG’s directive was in response to a proposal to President Muhammadu Buhari on the refusal of some former governors, ministers and senators to submit their diplomatic passports to the NIS. This was disclosed on Wednesday in Abuja by the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede during an interview. The CG stated that sterner measures may also be considered, including prosecution of recalcitrant former public office-holders, noting however, that some past officials had submitted their diplomatic passports to the immigration service.

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