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NIS issues 2, 000 visitor-visas Mon, Tues

At least 2,000 international visitor-visas were issued by the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, between Monday and Tuesday.
The Nigerian Immigration Service spokesman, Mr Sunday James, told newsmen in Abuja, that many of the visitors were in the country to attend the ongoing ID4Africa conference.
He said at least 2,000 visitors were cleared and issued visas.

He said on Monday alone, 1,500 visas were issued to the visitors.

According to him, “Over 2,000 visitors have been cleared and issued visa and about 1,500 were processed on Monday and there could still be more.
“It is a routine kind of assignment, which they have been doing; it is not something new, because the procedure requires a passenger to be thoroughly screened.
“There are about four clearance points and there are things that take place on the desks, apart from the passenger filling the arrival form.
“There are officers that go through the documents submitted vis-à-vis the original documents before them to cross check.
“Then, they also try to confirm whether the individual is not on any of our lists: the watch list, stop list or suspect index.
“If there is no local objection they now pass the person to the payment point and the passenger makes necessary payment for the visa on arrival.
“However, the Comptroller General has insisted that payment should be done with POS and that has been complied with.
“The whole process takes maximum of five minutes to complete and it can be less,” he said.
At the airport on Tuesday, hundreds of international passengers were seen waiting to receive their visas upon arrival.