Immigration Blocks 58 Nigerian Doctors From Leaving For The UK

NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, speaks in Abuja on September 6, 2019.
NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, speaks in Abuja on September 6, 2019.

 

The Nigerian Immigration Service said on Friday that it had blocked 58 medical doctors from leaving the country through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos via a chartered flight.

According to a statement signed by Immigration spokesman, Sunday James, the doctors had no visa for entry to the United Kingdom, while only two had a valid visa.

The statement stressed that the NIS had received no notification from the “Ministry of Health in Nigeria or any known Medical body” of the doctors’ itinerary.

The NIS added that it “will not allow individuals or groups of well-educated Nigerians who should know the procedures for travelling out of their country and the requirements” to flout relevant laws, especially amid a coronavirus pandemic.

“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 statement said.

The chartered flight, the NIS said, has already left without the doctors.

 

Read the full NIS statement:


NIS/SHQ/PRU/290

10th July 2020

PRESS RELEASE

NIS REFUSES DEPARTURE OF 58 NIGERIAN MEDICAL DOCTORS TO LONDON THROUGH MURTALA MUHAMMED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LAGOS BY A CHARTERED FLIGHT

1. The Nigeria Immigration Service, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos has refused departure of fifty-eight (58) Nigerian Doctors who attempted traveling aboard a UK bound aircraft flight number ENT 550, registration number SP-ES that flew in from London. Fifty-Six (56) of the Doctors had no Visa for entry to United Kingdom, while only two (2) had visa.

2. 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 (58) with only two (2) having Visa for entry into UK, a situation that calls for refusal of departure.

3. 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 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.

4. 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.

5.The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, MFR, is taking this 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.

Signed
DCI Sunday James pcc
Service Public Relations Officer
For: Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service

 

Job Scam: Be Mindful Of Fraudsters, Immigration Warns Nigerians

NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, speaks in Abuja on September 6, 2019.
A file photo of NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede.

 

 

Authorities of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) have warned jobseekers to be mindful of fraudsters while seeking to be enlisted into the service.

The Service Public Relations Officer, James Sunday, gave the warning in a statement on Tuesday while reacting to reports that the NIS was recruiting.

“The attention of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede MFR has been drawn to a fake NIS recruitment scam site and link posted on social media 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,” he said.

According to Sunday, no fee is charged for NIS recruitment and jobseekers should avoid falling victims to criminal elements.

He stressed that the NIS would always publish and announce its official recruitment and notifications through credible dailies and media platforms.

Immigration Arrests 24 Togolese, Nigerians At Ogun Border

 

Operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) have arrested 14 Togolese nationals and 10 Nigerians at Ajilete and Ilase border posts in Ogun State.

The Service Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to him, the Togolese nationals who are all females comprise eight adults and six minors.

James explained that they were arrested in a J5 bus at Ajilete and the other 10 Nigerians were apprehended at Ilase for defying the government’s directive on the closure of land borders.

He added that five of the Nigerians were victims of human trafficking and would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

The NIS spokesman said the arrested persons were profiled by the Comptroller of the Ogun State Command, Kunle Osisanya, after health officials subjected them to COVID-19 tests in line with the medical procedures of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

In his reaction, the Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede, commended the officers for the success and asked them to up the tempo of their patrol.

He noted that some of the arrests were along illegal points created by the smugglers in the area.

Trump To Suspend Immigration Due To Coronavirus

US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in New Delhi on February 25, 2020. Mandel NGAN / AFP.

 

President Donald Trump said Monday that he would temporarily suspend immigration to the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the US already being the worst-hit country in the world.

Trump referred to the “Invisible Enemy,” a phrase he has used to describe the virus that has killed more than 42,000 people in the US, which has more than 766,660 infections.

“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” he tweeted Monday night.

The State Department issued around 462,000 immigrant visas in the 2019 fiscal year, while US Citizens and Immigration Services granted permanent residence to nearly 577,000 individuals.

Trump said the move would also protect American jobs, although the state-imposed lockdowns to slow the virus have already left 22 million people in the US out of work.

His tweet gave no further details about what the measure would entail, how it would be implemented or how long it would be in place.

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Trump could sign an executive order as soon as Tuesday, The Washington Post reported, citing two White House officials.

The real estate tycoon campaigned for office on a platform of immigration skepticism and has made policies restricting immigration central to his presidency.

Criticising the ban, California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris said Trump was using the coronavirus outbreak to push his anti-immigrant stance.

“Trump failed to take this crisis seriously from day 1,” she tweeted.

“The abandonment of his role as president has cost lives. And now, he’s shamelessly politicizing this pandemic to double down on his anti-immigrant agenda.”

Trump has touted his move to restrict travel from China over the coronavirus in January after it emerged there late last year, and he halted travel from much of Europe in mid-March as the virus spread there.

– ‘Bans come too late’ –

The president likely has the authority to restrict immigration to protect public health, Cato Institute researchers Alex Nowrasteh and Andrew C. Forrester said in a blog post.

“However, blanket bans like those imposed by the administration in recent months and those coming on April 21 are akin to closing the barn door after the horse has escaped,” they wrote.

“Most research on travel bans in response to pandemics finds that they don’t limit the spread of diseases, in part because they are always imposed after the disease has spread.”

Trump’s tweet also implied that immigrants are spreading COVID-19 in the United States, they said.

However, examining the coronavirus date, “the rate of COVID-19 cases and deaths by county in the United States is not correlated with the share of the population that is foreign‐born.”

Trump has at times appeared impatient with efforts intended to slow the spread of the virus in the US — appearing to lend support to protesters angry at governors’ stay-at-home orders — and has said parts of the country can begin to abandon lockdown measures soon.

He said Monday, however, that “we’ve really done the right thing” on fighting the virus, and that letting it spread unchecked would have been an “atrocity.”

Trump has been widely criticized for initially downplaying the virus, which he likened to ordinary flu and said was under control in the United States, before later accepting that it was a national emergency.

It was not immediately clear who would be affected by the latest immigration move as Washington has already suspended nearly all travel to the country.

The US last month suspended all routine visa services around the world — including for immigrants — due to the coronavirus pandemic, and has also imposed a series of travel bans.

The latest move is also likely to affect those hoping to apply for permanent resident “green cards.”

AFP

Immigration Boss, Babandede Recovers From COVID-19

(FILE) Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammed Babandede, speaks during an interview with Channels Television.

 

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede, has recovered from COVID-19.

Babandede’s recovery comes after testing negative twice to the disease.

Taking to his Twitter handle, the Immigration boss made the announcement of his recovery on Tuesday.

Babandede had earlier on March 29 issued a statement on him testing positive to the virus upon his return from the United Kingdom on March 22.

READ ALSO: Immigration Boss Babandede Tests Positive For Coronavirus

But three weeks after, he described his recovery as a victory from God.

The Comptroller-General also thanked everyone for their support since he was hit by the dreaded disease.

“I just received my 2nd Negative report on COVID-19, I will like to thank all of u for your supplications. This victory is from God, we thank Him for giving me the opportunity to have the experience which is more than my education and public service,” he said.

Immigration Boss Babandede Tests Positive For Coronavirus

NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, speaks in Abuja on September 6, 2019.
A file photo of NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede.

 

 

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Service Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, revealed Babandede’s health status in a statement sent to Channels Television on Sunday.

He noted that the comptroller-general returned recently from the United Kingdom, although the purpose of the visit was not disclosed.

READ ALSO: Nigeria’s Coronavirus Cases Rise To 97 As NCDC Confirms Eight More Infections

As a top official of the government, James said Babandede adhered to the instructions of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to self-isolate and undergo a test.

“The result of the test came out positive, hence the need to make it public. He conveys his goodwill to all, and he is in stable condition responding to treatment,” the statement said.

According to the Service spokesman, the comptroller-general is active and directing as expected, the affairs of the service online.

He said the Deputy Comptroller-General overseeing the administration of the service has been in touch with Babandede online to keep the activities of the service running within the period.

“The Nigeria Immigration Service community will continue to deliver on its mandate for the nation, even in these trying times as we pray the whole world gets over it, Nigeria inclusive,” the statement added.

Immigration Thwarts Attempt To Traffic Three Nigerians For Prostitution

A file photo of the head office of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Abuja. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) at Seme Border Control Post have apprehended three suspected human traffickers and three victims en route to Ghana.

The Service Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Tuesday.

According to him, the Comptroller of NIS in charge of the Seme Control Post, Olushola Ajisafe, confirmed the status of the victims as being trafficked after a thorough investigation.

James noted that Olushola, who was the former Comptroller in Katsina, had during his duty tour arrested several human traffickers and their victims in the state.

“The victims were deceitfully persuaded to embark on the trip for a job, but on being interrogated they were discovered to be victims of trafficking for the purpose of prostitution.

“The human trafficking illicit business has been on the increase under the various guise, but they have always been discovered by the officials through timely intelligence and operational synergy between officers along the national borders and airports leading to the arrests,” the statement said.

The Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede, therefore, cautioned parents to keep eyes on their children, especially teenagers.

This group of people, according to him, are prone to fall victim to the deceitful acts and ways that make them believe the tricks of traffickers who may be close family members, friends and even sources on the internet connecting them to such criminal elements.

Babandede also advised parents to embark on proper guidance and counselling to prevent their children from becoming victims of trafficking.

US To Stop Issuing Visas For ‘Birth Tourism’

 

 

The United States on Thursday said it would no longer issue temporary visitor visas to pregnant women seeking to enter the country for so-called “birth tourism.”

In announcing the rule change, which takes effect Friday, the White House said foreigners were using the visas “to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil.”

“The integrity of American citizenship must be protected,” it said in a statement.

Calling the practice “a glaring immigration loophole,” the White House argued the crackdown on “birth tourism” was for public safety and national security as well as immigration control.

“The birth tourism industry threatens to overburden valuable hospital resources and is rife with criminal activity, as reflected in federal prosecution.”

The US constitution guarantees automatic American citizenship to anyone born on US soil.

US President Donald Trump has made restricting immigration a top priority of his administration and has threatened in the past to abolish birthright citizenship.

AFP

Immigration Boss, Officers To Undergo Drug Test

NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, speaks in Abuja on September 6, 2019.

 

 

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, and all officers of the service would undergo a drug test.

The Service Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Saturday.

According to him, Babandede made the announcement at the third Conversion/Upgrading Course at the Premier Immigration Training School in Kano State, north-west Nigeria.

The immigration boss explained that the exercise, which would commence with him as the first to be tested, was aimed at ensuring that personnel discharge their duties professionally.

He stressed the need for personnel of the service to be cautious as they carry arms in line of duty, giving assurance that those who test positive at first would not be dismissed.

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“As armed services, we cannot afford to be careless with the weapon. Hence all officers of the Service will undergo drug test, beginning with me,” Babandede was quoted as saying in the statement.

He added, “We shall not dismiss anyone at first discovery, but try to rehabilitate. If the fellow continued unrepentant, administrative procedures will be followed and appropriate sanctions applied.”

The Immigration boss reiterated the need for the officers to put what they learned into action, noting that the Service has invested so much into training and capacity development.

He also encouraged the participants to maximise the knowledge of ICT gained to uplift the standard expected of the service among other sister agencies, without competing but complementing each other wherever and whenever the need arises.

Babandede described the ‘Visa on Arrival’ policy as a huge opportunity for Africans coming for legitimate businesses to thrive in countries other than their nations.

According to him, it is also a means of integration and cementing African brotherhood relationships, thereby breaking down the barriers to free movement among fellow Africans.

The comptroller general assured Nigerians that the policy would be handled professionally while adopting best known global practices to liberalise the ‘Visa on Arrival’ regime without compromising national security.

He recalled the presidential amnesty granted by President Muhammadu Buhari for non-Nigerians to register with the Federal Government, stressing that the six-month window would expire in January 2020.

Babandede, however, said registration would continue to enable every migrant get registered and remain in the country.

He warned that any defaulter who refuses to take advantage of the opportunity would be removed from the country.

Philippines Arrests 270 Chinese Citizens In Fraud Raid

 

 

Philippine police have arrested more than 270 Chinese nationals in a raid on a gang wanted over a vast investment fraud that cost victims in China millions of dollars, authorities said Friday.

Agents swooped on an office building in the capital Manila on Wednesday to take four suspects into custody in connection with the 100 million yuan ($14 million) scam, but stumbled upon many more.

“The operation then yielded the incidental arrest of 273 other Chinese nationals who were caught in the act of conducting illegal online operations,” immigration authorities said, without elaborating.

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Further checking revealed those suspects, who did not have proper papers to be in the Philippines, were also wanted by Chinese authorities over a large-scale investment scam.

A total of 277 people were taken into custody in the operation that Philippine officials carried out in conjunction with Chinese authorities.

The Philippines has seen a spike in the arrival of Chinese tourists and workers since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in mid-2016 and immediately set about warming relations with Beijing.

The influx has had a mixed impact in the Philippines, with authorities suspecting many of the arrivals are working illegally in the online gambling industry.

PHOTOS: Foreigners Storm Immigration Office For Data Capture

A photo combination of an Immigration officer and some foreigners at the NIS Headquarters in Abuja on September 6, 2019. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

More foreigners stormed the headquarters of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Abuja on Friday to take advantage of the amnesty programme of the Federal Government for migrants.

President Muhammadu Buhari launched the e-Migrant Policy on July 12 for the registration of foreigners, a move aimed at promoting security in the country.

The Comptroller General of NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, warned that the Immigration would go tough on the migrants who fail to register after the 90-day amnesty programme lapses on January 11, 2020.

READ ALSO: Immigration To Capture Foreigners’ Data At Airports, Says Babandede

He said airports would henceforth capture biometrics of foreigners in order to compile a comprehensive database of those who come in and out of the country.

Babandede added that the Service has successfully registered over 4,000 migrants between July and September 2019.

See photos of some foreigners at the NIS office below:

NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, speaks in Abuja on September 6, 2019. PHOTOS: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Immigration To Capture Foreigners’ Data At Airports, Says Babandede

NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, speaks in Abuja on September 6, 2019. Photo – Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is giving a 90-day period for illegal migrants to register with the service or get sanctioned.

The Comptroller General of NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, gave the warning on Friday at the Service’s headquarters in Abuja.

He asked those who are non-citizens in the country to take advantage of the amnesty programme and get captured in the e-Migrant Policy launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 12.

READ ALSO: Immigration Vows To Deport Unregistered Visitors From Nigeria After Amnesty

Babandede disclosed that the NIS has put in place some measures to identify foreigners and tackle illegal immigration in the country.

He said airports would henceforth capture biometrics of foreigners in order to compile a comprehensive database of those who come in and out of the country.

According to the NIS boss, the free e-registration process is currently ongoing in five states of the Federation.

He added that the Immigration has successfully registered over 4,000 migrants between July and September 2019.

Babandede explained that the registration of foreigners was aimed at promoting security in the country while the 90-day amnesty programme would lapse on January 11, 2020.

On August 26, the NIS boss had said that the Federal Government would not hesitate to kick out anyone found culpable after the amnesty granted by the President ended.

He noted that President Buhari saw the significance of having correct data of citizens and visitors in the country, saying it would help the government make good policies to improve the nation’s economy and tackle its security challenges among others.

“After the amnesty programme, any person who enters this territory and stays for a period of 90 days, there is a penalty for him for not registering and there is a penalty for the person who provides accommodation for him.

“This amnesty, once it ends, we will remove and arrest any person who has not registered. So we are prepared to remove any person who has not registered from this country after the amnesty,” Babandede had said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.