DANIELS G. O
The Lagos airport command of the Nigeria Immigration service NIS
has refused departure of fifty-eight (58) Nigerian Doctors who attempted to travel to United Kingdom through the Murtala Mohammed international airport lagos.
56 of them had no Visa for entry into United Kingdom, while only two had visa.
The Nigeria Immigration Service in a release said the Fifty-eight (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. The chartered flight approved for landing in Nigeria was to carry forty-two (42) medical doctors for a training program but they were fifty-eight with only two having Visa for entry into UK, a situation that calls for refusal of departure.
The Nigeria Immigration Service stated that 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 destination country to leave.
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 NIS noted that there is no official communication to the Service from the Ministry of Health in Nigeria or any known Medical body notifying the agency of the travel of this number of Medical Doctors.
The Aircraft has departed for London without the Medical Doctors.