Eighteen Nigerians seeking to renew their passports were defrauded in the United Kingdom.
The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who made this known in a statement, said the Nigerians paid between £200 and £350 to racketeers.
The statement was signed by the agency’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, and titled ‘NIDCOM boss commends Nigerian Mission in UK for efforts at stopping passport racketeering’, on Tuesday.
It quoted Dabiri-Erewa as commending the Nigerian High Commission in the UK and new Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Amb. Sarafa Tunji Isola, for its concerted effort to put a stop to passport racketeering in London.
Part of the statement read, “Amb. Sarafa Tunji Isola upon resumption of duties held several strategic meetings with relevant staff of the mission to brainstorm on the best ways to address the incessant allegations of corruption and other negative reports on the issuance of the Nigerian passport in London.
“As well as restoring the credibility of the mission in the process.
“These new efforts led to the discovery that 18 innocent Nigerians have paid between £200 and £350 to racketeers in their bid to urgently renew and acquire the Nigerian passport.
“The NIDCOM boss applauded the new Ambassador and his team in their quest to restore the mission’s credibility while urging Nigerian communities to always visit the mission on any matter concerning their stay in the UK and avoid patronizing touts.
“Dabiri-Erewa noted that the mission has confirmed the availability of sufficient passport booklets for deserving applicants.
“She joined the UK mission in appreciating the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service for ensuring that adequate passport booklets are available at the High Commission.”