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How the Nigerian Embassy in Ireland extorts over N47,000 from every passport applicant for staff sharing

According to one of the sources, employees of the Nigerian embassy in Ireland instructed applicants to attach to the application a money order of € 100 not addressed to anyone in particular.

According to a report by SaharaReporters, the Nigerian Embassy in Dublin, Ireland is collecting illegal postal money orders of € 100 (approximately N47,000) from Nigerians who require shared and monetized passports by staff members for personal gain, SaharaReporters learned.

Sources told SaharaReporters on Sunday that embassy workers resumed the fraudulent practice following the departure of former Nigerian ambassador to Ireland, Dr Uzoma Emenike.

According to one of the sources, employees of the Nigerian embassy in Ireland instructed applicants to attach to the application a money order of € 100 not addressed to anyone in particular.

SaharaReporters learned that the embassy required postal orders from passport applicants, but this was stopped by the former ambassador to the European country, Dr. Uzoma Emenike, who is now the ambassador to the United States of America.

According to one of the sources, the Embassy recently issued a declaration backdated to September 2021 to officially seal the illegal practice.

“When the passport is ready, they are forcing applicants to present a money order that is not addressed to anyone. If you bring a money order addressed to the Nigerian embassy, ​​they will refuse it.

“Since Dr Uzoma Emenike was sent from Ireland to the United States, the staff members are the ones requesting postal orders from Nigerians requiring passports.

“They do not give people their passports unless they carry blank postal orders that they will go to claim. Now they charge 100 euro illegal postal orders.

“They specifically warned that it should not be addressed to the Nigerian embassy but should be left blank”, one of the sources said.

Another source told SaharaReporters that although the practice had been ongoing for some time, the embassy recently released a note in an attempt to lend the official’s support to the illegality.

“The practice has been going on for some time, so now they’ve decided to stick a memo to the embassy and backdate it to September 2021 to make it look like it’s now official,” the source said.

“However, in the memo, they cleverly decided not to mention who to send the money order to. They will refuse it if addressed to the Nigerian embassy. We understand that they share postal orders with each other on weekends for cashing out. “

Indeed, copies of such postal orders obtained by SaharaReporters reveal that they are not addressed to the Nigerian Embassy in Ireland or to any particular office.

A copy of the memorandum titled “Public Notice: Start of Quick Access Services for Special Passports” and obtained from SaharaReporters states that illegality has been introduced for passport applicants who urgently need their passports due to the scarcity of passport booklets. passports in Nigeria and in foreign missions.

The note dated September 2021, however, added that such applications must be accompanied by a postal order for 100 euros.

The memo read, “It should be remembered that following the ease of the Level 5 lockdown in Ireland caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Embassy of Nigeria, Dublin, Ireland has resumed consular services, including passport issuance. “However, due to the constant shortage of passport booklets in all passport offices in Nigeria and foreign missions, including Ireland), the Embassy usually grants applicants an extended period to collect passports after processing their requests. Nonetheless, all applicants who were granted the extended collection period were able to collect their passports as and when due.

“However, there are applicants who require early withdrawal dates before or after processing their passport applications. This is to the detriment of applicants who wait patiently for the collection deadlines. It also causes undue pressure on the passport section and the embassy in general.

“Therefore, in view of the need to serve all categories of applicants according to their unique circumstances, especially those who have genuine reasons to apply for their passports before the expected withdrawal date, and in line with global practice for Expedited Passport Procedure, Nigerian Embassy Dublin wants to start Quick Access Passport Services at € 100.00 per applicant only payable by money order.

“However, it should be noted that, in order not to allow abuses of process and privilege, the rapid passport passage service will be operated on the basis of merit. Therefore, the applicant wishing to apply for the priority service will be required to provide documentary evidence for the urgent need for the passport before the expiry date of the withdrawal.

“Any applicant for the priority service must have processed their passport application (ie they must have their biometric data already acquired). Subsequently, you can present yourself with the compulsory passport coupon as well as proof of the urgency of the passport and a money order of € 100.00.

“Fast-track passport services are only available on Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 1pm.”

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