Why Immigration Stopped 58 Nigerian Doctors from Travelling to London


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No fewer than 58 United Kingdom (UK) – bound medical doctors were stopped by the Nigeria Immigration Service, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. The Nigerian doctors were to travel aboard a flight, number ENT 550 registration number SP-ES, that flew into Lagos from London.
It is gathered that 56 of the doctors had no visa for entry to the United Kingdom while only two had visa. A statement signed by the Service Public Relations Officer, Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, Sunday James for Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede stated that 58 medical doctors were refused departure in line with Section 31 subsection 2a and b, on powers conferred on the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service by the Immigration Act 2015, to prohibit departure of any person under the conditions stated in the Act.
James said the chartered flight approved for landing in Nigeria was to carry forty-two (42) medical doctors for a training programme but they were fifty-eight (58) with only two (2) having Visa for entry into UK, a situation that calls for refusal of departure.
He stated that the Nigeria Immigration Service as the agency saddled with control of entry and departure from Nigeria of persons will not allow individuals or groups of well-educated Nigerians who should know the procedures for travelling out of their country and the requirements, which include having a valid visa for entry into a country to leave.
He noted that this is to avoid refusal of entry and repatriation back to Nigeria amidst Covid-19 pandemic and 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.
The Immigration PRO pointed out that 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 finally departed for London without the Medical Doctors.
The Immigration spokesman said the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service is taking the opportunity to advise Nigerians to always adhere to travel protocols and 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.
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