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New E-passports legally accepted in all countries

New E-passports legally accepted in all countries

Doris Ukaonu

Muhammad Babalende, the Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has announced that the new e-passport will be legally accepted in voyaging all countries.

Babalende disclosed this today (September 5) in Abuja,  via a statement by the NIS Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James.

The assurance concerning the new e-passports was sparked after it faced several rejections with the United Arab Emirate(UAE)  government.

Babalende said, “The recent problem on the e-Passport with the authority of the United Arab Emirate(UAE) has been resolved”.

He further thanked both the Ambassadors of UAE and Nigeria for resolving the issue.

The Comptroller General advised  Nigerians to get their National Identity Number (NIN) and ensure that the information tallies with the one on their Passports.

“The uniformity of the NIN information and that of the 10-year validity Passport is to ensure one identity which is a major feature of the new enhanced e-Passport,” He noted.

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According to Babalende, the new Passport can be processed at the Service Headquarters, Abuja and Ikoyi, pending the roll-out in other centres.

“It is worthy to note that the issuance of the former and the new enhanced e-Passports will run concurrently,” he noted.


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