Nigeria has rolled out its electronic passport with options of 5 years and 10 years validity.

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) says the technology behind the passport is the most recent in terms of security features and biometrics according to the standards of the international Civil Aviation Organisation.

“One of the most significant differences between the passport they are rolling out today and the existing one is the Supplemented Access Control (SAC),” Muhammad Babandede from the NIS said according to local newspaper Vanguard.

“SAC is the latest set of security features on e-passports as prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation to further strengthen the security of electronic travel documents globally.

“Another notable difference worth mentioning is the polycarbonate data page with laser printing as against the existing passport which is printed with ink on hard paper.

“As a result of this improvement, the enhanced e-passport is water resistant.”

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