Bisi ABASS

 

The Nigeria High Commission in the United Kingdom has resumed the  capturing of biometrics earlier suspended on 28th of March 2022.

In a statement by the High Commission, the suspension became necessary to avoid breakdown of law and order at the premises of the High Commission in London.

The statement recalled that agitated applicants have physically assaulted some members of staff of the Mission while there were reports of incessant verbal attacks continue to increase on daily basis, thus raising tensions.

It also added that the lives of applicants as well as those of members of staff are invaluable, hence the resolve to doused tension, so as to avoid unpleasant consequences.

The statement reads: “Issues relating to the appointment for biometrics capture required for Enhanced E-Passport and other ancillary matters connected with the recently launched Enhanced E-Passport are critically being evaluated by the Nigeria Immigration Service, with a view to easing the process and rectifying identified challenges.

“The Nigeria Immigration Service intends to send a technical team to London in this regard, and has also pledged to ensure optimum service to passport applicants in the United Kingdom.

“Consequently, the Mission hereby lifts the earlier suspension of the biometrics operations with effect from Monday, 4th April 2022. All applicants affected by the suspension are implored to visit the Mission for biometrics capture accordingly. The Nigeria High Commission appreciates the cooperation and support of applicants whilst the suspension lasted.”

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