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Nigerian Embassy In Germany Suspends Staff Over “Sex-For-Passport”

The Nigerian Embassy in Germany has suspended one of its staff members over allegation of demanding sex to aid a lady to obtain a Nigerian passport.

In a viral video, the official, who was unnamed due to legal reasons, was shown in a hotel waiting for the lady where they allegedly planned to meet for sex.

The embassy said the local staff member worked under a security unit and was suspended following the circulation of the video online.

“The Embassy of Nigeria in Germany announced today that it has suspended with immediate effect a local staff (security unit) in connection with allegations of sexual abuse and other serious criminal activity,” it tweeted

“The staff, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was suspended following the circulation of material on social media that suggested the official was demanding sexual favours in return for official services,” the embassy added.

Yussuf Tuggar, Nigeria’s  Ambassador to Germany,  said the embassy had zero-tolerance for any form of sexual harassment and misconduct.

“Our full resources are being deployed to investigate a very serious incident and any other abuses that this inquiry may reveal,” Tuggar said.

He added that “when due process is complete, any guilty party can expect to face the full weight of the law. Our heartfelt sympathies are with any innocent victims of abuse.”

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