New international passport to adopt tougher security features – Comptroller General

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The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (CGIS), Muhammad Babandede has said that the new international passport that will be rolled out tomorrow will have 22 security features installed within.

Babandede reiterated that the era of multiple identities is over with the new integrated Passport that is integrated with National Identification Number (NIN) and biometric Verification Number (BVN).

Nigerians with duplicitous intentions will now find it extremely difficult to obtain the new 10 year validity passport with these features installed within the new document.

This is just as the Service has said that for passports declared lost and the owner starts a new process for another or acquires another only to turn around and use the old passport, the owner is liable to get 10 years imprisonment if proven he has two passports.

Babandede who made this known yesterday ahead of the roll out of the new Passport document at the Ikoyi, Passport Office attributed the stringent measures to people who have criminal intentions stating that with linkages to the National Identity Number ( NIN), the Bank Verification Number ( BVN) it would be far more stringent in collecting the new document.

“This new document will be linked with National Identity Number ( NIN), the Bank Verification Number ( BVN). Nigerians are meant to harmonize their identity and not travel out and start seeking change of name or identity for any frivolous reason that comes to mind.

“The new passport will harmonize one identity for Nigerians and this will help our social development, economic development and above all, it will be difficult to change the data now,” he added.

The CG earlier inaugurated eight projects from NIS partners and stakeholders including a SERVICOM Centre assisted by Heritage Bank, an 18-seater bus for the Ikoyi … Read More...