Immigration officials at various checkpoints have been accused of extorting foreigners coming to Abuja from Katsina and Sokoto states but the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has dismissed the allegation as false.
Some of the victims mostly Nigerien nationals told our correspondents that the Immigration officials usually waylay them at the various checkpoints along Abuja-Kaduna- Zaria road, demanding N1,000 from each person before allowing them to pass.
One of the passengers who witnessed the incidents three times said the Immigration officials stopped their vehicles and asked some people they claimed are Nigerien to come down.
One of them said he had only N500 and the immigration officials still went ahead and collected it,” he said. “The driver said anybody that was not in possession of Nigerian National ID card or residence permit must pay N1, 000 for onward delivery to immigration personnel and that was what happened.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the Immigration, Mr. Olumbar Joachim, said their officials don’t extort money from “irregular immigrants” even though they operate at the tollgates.