The Federal Government has directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), to allow Nigerians in diaspora to return to Nigeria with their expired International Passports.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola gave the directive on Wednesday, in Lagos, while responding to a complaint by a Nigerian-American citizen, Jamui Kasumu, at the Alausa Passport Office during his unscheduled visit to the facility.
He said Nigerians in diaspora were free to come back home with expired or non-expired Nigerian passport.
The Minister said no Nigerian needed travel certificate to come back home, except children, whose parents were Nigerians, but their identity were yet to be established according to immigration rule.
“I am using this medium to instruct all Nigeria Immigration Officers World-Wide to accord Nigerian travellers with expired Passport to use such passports to return safely back home henceforth”, he said.
Aregbesola advised Nigerians in diaspora to update their travel document ahead of time to avoid rush during emergency.
Earlier, a Nigerian-American citizen, Jamui Kasumu complained to the Minister that the Nigeria Immigration in America and Delta airline prevented him from coming to Nigeria because of expired Nigerian passport.
Kasumu said he was able to return to Nigeria after he got travel certificate he obtained through a relation in Nigeria.
“I am appealing to you sir that the Immigration should allow Nigerians with expired Passport to come back to their country”, he said.