The Nigeria Immigration Service has suspended new applications for international passports till the 1st of June 2021 bluebloodz.com has learned.
Mr Muhammed Babandede the Comptroller General of Immigration, made the announcement on Tuesday, May 18, during a press briefing in Abuja.
Mr. Babandede said the directive was given directly from the office of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola. He said :-
The process of receiving and processing all fresh passport applications nationwide is suspended till 1st June 2021, when the new passport regime would have taken effect,” .
The suspension of receiving and processing of fresh passport applications is to allow for clearance of every passport application that was received before 17th of May 2021.”
According to Babandede all payment portals have been reportedly closed till June 1 and a task force will be sent to passport offices to clear the backlog.
Deputy comptrollers have been deployed to all passport centers nationwide to monitor the process and ensure the directive is strictly followed.