Operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja, Lagos, has refused departure of 58 Nigerian doctors.
The Spokesman of the service, Mr Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
James noted that the doctors attempted traveling aboard a UK bound aircraft flight number ENT 550, registration number SP-ES that flew in from London.
According to him, 56 of the doctors had no visa for entry to United Kingdom, while only two (2) had visa.
“The 58 Medical Doctors were refused departure in line with Section 31 subsection 2a and b, of Act 2015.
“This means, on powers conferred on the Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, to prohibit departure of any person under the conditions stated in the Act.
“The chartered flight approved for landing in Nigeria was to carry 42 medical doctors for a training program but they were 58 with only two having visa for entry into UK.
“A situation that calls for refusal of departure, ” he said.
James said that NIS as the agency saddled with control of entry and departure from Nigeria of persons would not allow individuals or groups of well-educated Nigerians to disobey the laws.
He added that those who should know the procedures for travelling out of their country and the requirements, which include having a valid visa for entry into a destination country to leave, should not violate the laws.
“This is to avoid refusal of entry and repatriation back to Nigeria amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
“And also spreading of same as well as flouting the Federal Government’s directive on restriction of international flights unless for essential reason as approved by government.
“There is no official communication to the Service from the Ministry of Health in Nigeria or any known Medical body notifying the NIS of the travel of this number of medical doctors.
“The aircraft has departed for London without the medical doctors.
“The Comptroller General is taking this opportunity to advise Nigerians to always adhere to travel protocols.
“They should ensure they have valid passports with valid visa to the country they intended travelling to before going to any Airport, Seaport or Land Border Control to avoid refusal to depart.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has warned applicants against patronising fake recruitment sites as no fee was charged for NIS recruitment.
The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, gave the warning in a statement by the Service Public Relations Officer (SPEO), Mr Sunday James, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Babandede issued the warning while reacting to the reported existence of fake NIS websites on social media.
“These are by fraudsters with the intention of defrauding innocent and unsuspecting Nigerians of monies.
“The Service had warned severally and is still warning good spirited Nigerians to avoid such fake recruitment offer which is not officially posted on the official NIS website.
“No fee whatsoever is charged for NIS recruitment,” he said.
Babandede advised the public to disregard the scam posted recently to avoid falling victims to the criminal elements.
He said that the NIS would always announce its official recruitment and notifications through credible Nigerian dailies and media platforms for the attention of the public.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Civil Defense, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Service Board (CDCFIB) had published the recruitment advertisment in national dailies on March 13.
The recruitment was for four weeks from the time of publication.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede has reiterated his commitment to ridding the service of drug abusers.
In a statement by the Service Spokesman, Mr Sunday James, on Saturday in Abuja, Babandede said that the act had severe effects on the nation’s safety and the well-being of Nigerian citizens.
The CG, who said this during a virtual parade of officers and men of the service in Abuja, bemoaned the effects of drug-induced misbehaviours.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the virtual parade was in commemoration of the `World Drug Day’ which is celebrated globally every June 26.
The theme for 2020 is “Better Knowledge for Better Care”.
Babandede urged the officers and men to shun these attitudes that are capable of tarnishing the image of the service.
According to the CG, it is more harmful for arm carrying security agencies like NIS.
“Those in the service must avoid drug abuse in whatever form as a way of safeguarding lives.
Babandede said that the responsibility of an organisation could be measured by the level of discipline of its workforce.
The CG, however, said that he had not reneged on those noble cause of reforming the NIS health wise.
“This reform will enhance the emotional stability of officers and men at work for effective and efficient discharge of their duties,’’ he said.
The NIS boss stressed that fighting drug abuse and drug-induced misbehaviours ranked as an exemplary leadership style.
He noted that every effort in that direction would increase productivity, efficiency, effectiveness and gain public confidence.
He said that a two-step test would be carried out on those with visible and confirmed cases of drug abuse for rehabilitation.
“If they cannot be rehabilitated due to personal attitude and negligence, they will be appropriately sanctioned to deter others and sanitise the system.’’
Babandede encouraged the NIS personnel and indeed all stakeholders to imbibe a safe and healthy attitude in handling drugs.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Wednesday said any migrant arrested flouting the law would be prosecuted according to the immigration law.
The NIS Controller General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, stated this at the Service monthly parade in Abuja, which was done in strict compliance with social and physical distancing due to COVID-19.
Babandede, in a statement by the Service Spokesman, Mr Sunday James, warned that NIS would not treat any case of abuse of Immigration laws lightly.
He noted that the service was doing everything possible to ensure that only regular migrants enter and reside or do approved businesses in Nigeria.
According to him, amnesty window is over. Any migrant arrested flouting the law will be prosecuted according to the law.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Babandede gave instruction for compliance and communication to all the officers and men in their commands to bridge the gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said this was for continuous running of the essential services rendered by the Service to the public at the airports, seaports, land border frontiers and hinterlands offices, including the Service Headquarters, Abuja.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo (NAN)
Operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) have intercepted seven Cameroonians at the creek of Ikot Obong in Cross River.
This is contained in a statement by the Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James, and issued on Friday in Abuja.
According to the statement, the Marine Patrol officers of the Command in Cross River intercepted the foreigners on the Ikot Obong creek in Akpabuyo Local Government Area (LGA), while attempting to enter the country in a boat.
The statement added that the seven Cameroonians were denied entry and returned to their country through the Ikang Control post, while their boat was impounded.
“The arrest is among the series of interceptions by the command, between Cross River and Akwa Ibom States respectively, bothering Cameroon in recent times, amidst the Federal Government’s directive on border closure,” it stated.
The Controller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, had directed Commands at the borders to intensify patrol and reconnaissance along the flanks.
He had added that they should also intensify patrol at the creeks, waterways, and in-roads into the country, in order to frustrate the attempts of irregular migrants.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Muhammad Babandede has directed commands nationwide to gradually commence migrant e-registration from July 1.
The Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James, disclosed this in statement on Thursday in Abuja.
Babandede said the directive became necessary consequent on the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown nationwide by the Federal Government.
According to him, as a follow up to the directive, precautionary measures against COVID-19 would be observed at the registration centers as provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“Routine environmental cleaning of the registration centres before migrants are granted access. Routine checking of body temperature of migrants by the use of temperature measuring tools prescribed.
“Provision and use of hand sanitisers and soap for washing hand, whichever applicable. Adherence to use of face masks; no facemask no entry to registration centres.
“Observance of social and physical distancing as prescribed (2metres apart). Single entry and exit point to control and monitor flow of migrants at each point,” he said.
Babandede said maximum compliance from both the operatives at the frontline and the migrants was expected as a safety and precautionary measure to curb person to person spread of the virus.
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says it is partnering and supporting the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) on food security in the country.
The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede said this when he received NALDA at the NIS headquarters in Abuja.
Babandede, in a statement by the Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James, said that the Service is visible in 774 LGAs.
He noted that NIS was one of the key players in the socio-economic development of the country, while encouraging personnel to engaging farming.
“Farming is the only profession officers are allowed to engage in. Therefore, I express NIS’s readiness to partner with NALDA through the NIS Cooperative Society,” he said.
On his part, the Executive Secretary, NALDA, Mr Paul Ikonne, stated that the visit had become paramount in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision for food security.
Ikonne noted that NALDA had introduced a programme tagged ‘Back to Farm’, which would ensure that every individual and organisation go back to farm for the attainment of food security in Nigeria.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) are partnering to ensure that all agencies of government at the airports work together to facilitate ease and seamless passenger clearance without compromising National Security. The Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja. James said that NIS and NCAA has proposed single window border operation at the international airports to facilitate secured International travels at the airports by the deployment of an advance technology. He said that the aim of the deployment was to ensure all the agencies working at the airport operates under one umbrella to remove undue bureaucracy and bottlenecks associated with multiple clearance of passengers by several agencies. According to him, this brought to fore the need for actualising the operation of the Advance Passenger Information System (API) at the nation’s International Airports to track passengers mobility. “This is a major tool for getting information about a passenger before arrival into the country for effective border control and management in line with the United Nation Résolution 2396, ICAO. “The International Civil Aviation Organization also supports agencies of government at the airport and government deploying the API for standard collection and gathering of data of International travelers,” he said. James said that the API would be combined with the Migration Information Data Analysis System (MIDAS) operated by the NIS at the airport for collection of information and control of entry, which was the best international practices. Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Mr Muhammad Babandede, the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has warned personnel of the service against extra charges on passport issuance.
Babandede gave the warning during a virtual meeting with passport officers nationwide on Monday in Abuja.
Babandede, in a statement issued by the Service Public Relations Officer (SPEO), Mr Sunday James, said that Nigerians were not to be surcharged.
According to him, the service will continue to serve sincerely to gain the people’s confidence.
“No extra charges are allowed apart from the approved fees that is on our website and all official publications of the Service,” he said.
Babandede noted that the meeting had great impact on redirecting the efforts of the service toward rejuvenating and reinvigorating the new order in passport processing and procedure.
He said the adoption of processes that would bring ease and restore confidence of Nigerians to the process were needed, to enhance the value of the document “The Green Passport – Our Pride”.
Babandede stated that automatic passport reminder system was being test run at the service headquarters.
According to him, payment and other process status are being communicated to the applicant in the form of feedback, saying that same should be implemented by all the passport officers.
“The meeting is to set the pace for enforcement of compliance on payment for passport online.
“All the passport officers should establish a front desk office for our teeming applicants to ensure applications are submitted directly to the institution and not to individuals.
“On the issue of loss and stolen passports, the passport officers are advised to set up tracking mechanism.
“Hence, loss and stolen passports should be treated on their merits and due diligence process should be followed to avoid culpability in passport related offences,” he said.
Babandede noted that the passport officers, as the frontline officers in the administration and issuance of passport to bonafide Nigerians, were exposed.
He, however, cautioned on the need to be safe and health conscious in handling both the passport and attending to the applicants by observing prescribed protocols by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“We live in an unusual time that demands working while keeping social and physical distancing, adhering to NCDC protocols and above all, keeping the workforce on toes.
“To avoid the spread of COVID-19 from person to person and material to person, while rendering service to the public, all officers and men should ensure they are guarded with those rules of staying safe,” he said.
NAN reports that passport officers and participants at the meeting included the NIS eight Zonal Coordinators (Zone A to H), all State Command Comptrollers as well as the Lagos State Passport Command, among others.
The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Muhammad Babandede, has urged the officers and men of the service to brace up towards meeting public expectation.
Babandede disclosed this during a visit to Gwagwalada passport office and headquarters Data processing center on Wednesday in Abuja.
In a statement signed by the Service Spokesman, Mr Sunday James, Babandede said that the visit was to ascertain level of compliance with directives given to the passport officers nationwide on service delivery.
He encouraged officers and men to be more innovative in areas such as giving women with little children priority especially nursing mothers.
“The aged and elderly members of the society among others should not be left out and same directive applies to all passport offices across the country.
Babandede directed that all payments should be through banks and or online in order to maintain social and physical distancing directives by the government.
“On this note, all applications for passport facility must be paid for online and submitted by the applicants to a desk officer at the passport offices across the country for appropriate action to be taken.
“All Passport issues must be submitted by applicants themselves and directly to a dedicated desk that takes register, record and forward the processed file officially not through any third party,
“Applicants are advised to adhere strictly to the improved Service process and procedures to eliminate touting, extortion and other untoward acts in the passport offices,” he said.
NAN reports that Babandede visited the two passport processing centres alongside the Assistant Comptroller General, Overseeing the Passport and Other Travel Documents Directorate, Tamprika Oyedeji and Comptroller, FCT Command, Esekhaegbe Angela.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)