By Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA— Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has announced the withdrawal of 518 officers and men of the service from five international airports as part of efforts to curtail sharp practices of the personnel.

Senior Nigerian Immigration Service officers participating at the official opening of the National Summit on Security Challenges in Nigeria at the African Hall, International Conference Centre, Abuja. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida

Spokesman of the service, James Sunday, in a statement, yesterday, gave the names of the airports as Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano; Port Harcourt International Airport; and Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

“The deployment, which is part of the reforms aimed at bringing positive change of attitude to work among the officers and men, became necessary against the backdrop of sharp practices and in an effort to curtail same,” he said.

According to him, the massive deployment is also to reduce the number of officers and men in these formations by half for efficient service delivery and to enhance the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

“The Comptroller General is, therefore, calling on all officers and men of Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, to align with the change mantra and eliminate every unnecessary bureaucracy in the course of rendering services to the public”.

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