The Kwara State Zonal Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), on Monday, October 23, said 3,000 international passports were awaiting for collection by applicants in its office.
Alhaji Baba Aliyu, the outgoing Comptroller of Passports in the command, revealed this to the Journalists in Ilorin on the sidelines of a retirement party in his honor.
Aliyu urged the federal government to initiate sanctions on such individuals, adding that most applicants could not be contacted on phone numbers provided on their applications.
“We usually send SMS through the contact address and phone numbers provided by the applicants, but some messages failed due to the fact that the numbers are fake.
“Some applicants may have died, while others may refuse to collect it because they could not meet up with what they wanted to use it for.
“Whatever the reasons may be, passports should not be abandoned, as it serves a lot of functions besides being traveling documents,” he said.
The Comptroller of Passports, however, said that the abandoned passports were not only for people of Kwara, but for applicants from different parts of Nigeria.
Aliyu therefore urged applicants to visit the immigration office to collect their passport.
He also urged Nigerians seeking to acquire international passports to visit the website of the service at immigration.gov.ng to apply.
According to him, it takes just two weeks to acquire a passport, and to renew an expired one.