By John Ikani
Nigerians living in Germany have been urged to come and collect their international passports effective from May 1.
The call was contained in a statement issued via the website of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Berlin Germany.
“The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Berlin, wishes to inform members of the Nigerian community in Germany, that there is an ACCUMULATION OF UNCOLLECTED INTERNATIONAL PASSPORTS. In this regard, the Embassy is calling on Nigerians whose data were CAPTURED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2021 AND JANUARY 2022, to kindly proceed to the Embassy to pick up their passports,” the embassy stated on its website.
The Embassy which decried the accumulation of international passports belonging to Nigerians in the country, announced that effective from May 1, passport collection will hold only on Fridays.
“Public Notice. The Embassy wishes to inform Nigerians that captured for Passport between September 2021 and January 2022, to proceed to the Embassy to pick up their Passport. Kindly note that from 1st May 2022, Fridays ONLY, will be for Passport Collection,” Nigeria Embassy Berlin Germany tweeted on Monday.
A passport is an official document issued by a government, affirming the holder’s citizenship and enabling them to lawfully travel to other countries.
Sources at the Nigerian Immigration Service believe the nonchalance of Nigerian passport applicants is not connected to the possibilities that most applicants are dual citizens.
“May be they have other travel documents, perhaps, most of them have become German citizens and carry German passport,” a source confided to local media The Whistler.