Wakanow, a travel and flight booking company in Nigeria did an earlier social media publication advertising a service of helping people obtain their international passport, however, in a swift reaction, the Nigeria Immigration Service has responded to the publication and as termed as dubious, with a stern warning to members of the public to not patronize Wakanow.
In a disclaimer posted on the agency’s twitter handle, it reads thus; “The attention of the Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, MFR, has been drawn to a certain publication on the Instagram page of one online platform known as Wakanowdotcom offering possible assistance to prospective Passport applicants to procure various categories of Passports for them at a given sum of money”.
The publication stated that Wakanow can procure the following categories of passports for prospective applicants at the sum indicated below;
- 64-page Five years validity passport at the sum of N57,000.
- 64-page Ten years validity passport at the sum of N95,000.
The disclaimer from the Immigration Service states that Wakanow has no authorization whatsoever from the agency to charge and procure passports for any applicant such as frivolous sums and that none of the Nigerian international passport costs as much as the outrageous amounts stated in the said publication.
The Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, MFR, therefore wishes to advise prospective applicants to kindly visit the IMMIGRATION WEBSITE HERE to apply for the various categories of passports of their choice and avoid patronizing people or touts and or organizations who are out there to defraud them of their hard-earned money on the guise of procuring passports for them.
Below are the approved fees in naira and its dollar equivalent.
- 32 page 5-year standard passport – N25,000 ($130)
- 64 page 5-year standard passport – N35, 000 ($150)
- 64 page 10-year standard passport – N70,000 ($230)
- Passport Booklet Fee: N8,750 (Age 0 to 17 years); N15,000 (Age 18 to 59 years); N8,750 (Age 60 years and above)
- Address Verification Fee: N2,000 (For all ages)
Twitter users reacted to the Immigration’s disclaimer, saying if it had been doing their works in the first place, organizations like Wakanow will not be out there to prey on victims.