The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, is angry with big time politicians and those he called ‘big men’ who are in the habit of passing through the borders without submitting themselves to checks.
“There are people who cross our borders without appearing before immigration. In recent time, some politicians and big men think they can pass through the borders without passing through immigration officers.
“It is an offence under the Act, you are liable to punishment regardless of whoever you are. You and the officer involved will be prosecuted because officers don’t have immunity, because it is a law that a person must present himself and pass through immigration.”
The Immigration boss, who spoke in Abuja during the decoration of 14 Assistant Comptrollers-General (ACGs) who were recently promoted, admitted that politicians have been evading immigration checks lately even as he vowed that such would no longer be tolerated as any officer or “big man” caught would face stiff punishment.
Babandede disclosed that 15 persons who falsely claimed to have lost their e-passports are being prosecuted.
He advised the new ACGs, the CG to be more dedicated and supervise those who are working under them.
“You must be very vigilant and watch people who cross our borders.”