The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) under Murtala Muhammed Airport Command said, no fewer than 60 Nigerians, many of which are females’ has been denied departure from the country from September 15th 2020 till date for not fulfilling the travel requirements.
The service also revealed that between same period, Nigeria has had 37,000 passengers depart the country while 58,000 have arrived the country through the MMIA, pointing that normalcy is gradually resuming to the aerodrome.
Comptroller Immigration Airport Command, Abdullahi Musa Usman who reeled out the figures told reporters that for the 60 Nigerians denied departure, it was more or less due to various discrepancies in their stories as their stories did not add up.
“In our fight against human trafficking, we have denied 60 Nigerians departure from the country from 5th September till date predominantly, they are females. They did not fufil the requirements of travelling abroad. Imagine someone that is going for employment in another person’s country and does not have the employment letter.
“Someone who says he has a tourist visa and does not have a return ticket, while someone is visiting the husband and does not have the details of her husband and when asked she becomes jittery or another who cannot provide marriage certificate… we gave them the travel advisory. We are not stopping people from going abroad but if you must go for employment you must have the employment letter.
“This is to put a stop or reduce human trafficking to the barest minimum.’ He said.
Usman also said that Nigerians in a habit of trying to circumvent the system by having multiple active passports are in for a rough time as the NIS has deployed Forensic Data Machine (FDM) to scrutinize data of passports and ensure that users have only one passports and can no longer try to bypass the system.
“If you have multiple passports you have nowhere to go. Especially those Nigerians fond of declaring their travel document lost only to be issued another while the keep the previous for other nefarious purposes. We have the ability to discover this,’ he said.