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Nigerians In South Africa Allege Extortion By Nigerian Consulate Over Passport Renewal

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A bunch representing the curiosity of Nigerians in South Africa, Nigeria Union South Africa, has alleged extortion by the Nigerian Consulate within the nation.

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Thus was contained in an open letter written by the group’s Head of Secretariat, Collins Thomas Mgbo, addressed to the Honourable Consulate Basic, Abdulmalik Mike Ahmed, the Consul Basic of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Johannesburg, South Africa.



The group alleged that the Consulate had imposed on Nigerians a charge of R2, 000 (N52, 000) for passport processing and R120 (N3, 000) for passport capturing.

In accordance with the group, the charge may be very unreasonable, noting that the refusal of the Consulate to overview the charges exhibits that the mission is just involved in the best way to extract cash from Nigerians not minding their ache.

The group additional demanded that the charge be stopped instantly whereas calling for a overview of the time-frame for passport renewal and alternative to a shorter interval of 1 month.

The group mentioned it will scale back the speed of corruption on the consulate.

The open letter learn, “We remorse to notice that regardless of the collection of outcry from the Nigeria neighborhood in South Africa and calls from the nooks and crannies of this nation in regards to the unreasonable charge of R2, 000 and R120 you imposed on Nigerian residents for misplaced passport processing and passport capturing respectively, you remained adamant in inflicting excruciating ache on our compatriots whose passport had been stolen, misplaced, broken or misplaced.

“The nonchalant angle over the cry of Nigerians, relative to the above submission is preposterous and mind-boggling, to say the least. It appears as if the mission is just involved in the best way to extract cash from Nigerians not minding their ache with no plan in any respect to enhance service supply on the consulate therefore the minimal turnaround for passport renewal is now 5 months and misplaced passport is now 9 months.

“There isn’t a justification in any respect to this premeditated hardship inflicted on the folks. It’s fairly unlucky that the aim whereby diplomatic missions are established all around the world as enshrined in Nigeria Overseas Coverage assertion, which amongst others, is to cater for the curiosity of the Nigerian residents in a number state is defeated.

The assertion listed their calls for as thus: “We demand that the unreasonable R2, 000 penalties for misplaced passport and additional R120 for passport capturing (after fee of respectable 160 {dollars} and additional fees of R50 imposed by Consulate and IS providers) needs to be stopped with quick impact.

“We demand that the time-frame for passport renewal and alternative shouldn’t be a couple of month. It’s because the avoidable delay makes corruption inevitable as candidates could be determined to get their travelling paperwork on time and apply or renew their immigration documentation.

“It’s crucial so as to add that if these calls for are usually not met, we will be left with no possibility however to embark on needed motion each on the Consulate in Johannesburg and Nigeria to cease this calculated diplomatic extortion of Nigerians being perpetuated on the Consulate Basic of Nigeria 16 Rivonia Street, Illovo, Johannesburg.”

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