Why Foreign airlines shun directive to accept Nigerian passengers with expired passports – CGI

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mrs Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, has urged airlines operating into the country to accept Nigerians in Diaspora returning to the country with expired passports.

Adepoju said the immigration had issued a directive to airlines but they were being “recalcitrant” about it.

She spoke during the diaspora virtual lecture series with the theme, “New Passport Policy/Processes for Nigerians in the Diaspora Confirmation” organised by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).

She was responding to a Nigerian in Diaspora over the refusal of airlines to board passengers with expired passports despite earlier instruction given to them.

The CGI said many airlines are afraid to board passengers with expired passports because of the extant regulation which placed a $2000 fine on any airline that boards a passenger with expired passport, adding that this only applies to foreigners.

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