The Federal Government has directed the Nigeria Immigration
Service, to with immediate effect, put an end to the payment of
fines by Nigerians holding dual citizenship at the nation’s
International Airports.
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.- Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau,
stated this in a statement issued by Dr Mohammed Umar,
Permanent Secretary of the ministry, in Abuja.
Dambazau, in the statement, said that the directive was in line with
President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to make movement easy
for Nigerians with dual citizenship to come into their fatherland
The statement quoted the minister as saying that ” as a new
government policy, on no account should any Nigerian traveller
holding dual citizenship pay fine for so-called overstay”.
The statement said that the minister restated that it was a crime to
ask or pay any money in that regard.
Dambazau stressed that under the new policy, “citizens with dual
nationality should only present both travelling documents of their
countries of nationality to the immigration officials upon arrival and
departure, regardless of whichever they are using to travel”.
He emphasised that the NIS should ensure immediate compliance
with the new government directives as government would sanction
any Immigration official found collecting such fines henceforth.
The statement said the minister further directed that Nigerians with
dual citizenship should report any Immigration official who
imposed such charges on them to the appropriate authorities.

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