THE Federal Government of Nigeria has given approval for Nigerians with expired international passport residing abroad to travel or enter the country.
This development was disclosed in a terse statement titled: Authority to Board/Admit Nigerians with Expired Nigeria Passports, which was issued by the Special Assistant to the Comptroller General (Foreign Desk), Immigration Service, B.M. Lawal, who represented the Comptroller General of Immigration Service.
The terse statement which was copied to all Head of Mission, Immigration Attaches, Airport Comptrollers, and Airlines read thus: “I am directed to respectfully present the compliments of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service and notify all relevant authorities that the Federal government has approved that Nigerians returning home can be admitted into the country with their expired Nigerian passports.
“Consequently, all airlines are requested to allow holders of expired Nigerian passports to board without let or hindrance.
“In addition, all Nigerian diplomatic Mission abroad are kindly requested to circulate this information to airlines operators and border authorities of host countries for their necessary action.”