Blessing Olaifa, Abuja
The Nigeria Immigration Service has given causes for refusing to permit 58 Nigerian medical medical doctors journey to London for a coaching programme, asserting that the affected medical personnel don’t have any legitimate travelling paperwork.
The Service Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, stated in an announcement yesterday that they have been stopped on the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
He asserted that the medical medical doctors have been refused departure by “a UK certain plane flight quantity ENT 550, registration quantity SP-ES that flew in from London.”
“Fifty-Six (56) of the Medical doctors had no Visa for entry to United Kingdom, whereas solely two (2) had visa”, James added.
James stated: “The Fifty-eight (58) Medical Medical doctors have been refused departure in line with Part 31 subsection 2a and b, on powers conferred on the Comptroller Normal of Nigeria Immigration Service by the Immigration Act 2015, to ban departure of any individual below the situations said within the Act.
“The chartered flight authorised for touchdown in Nigeria was to hold forty-two (42) medical medical doctors for a coaching program however they have been fifty-eight (58) with solely two (2) having Visa for entry into UK, a state of affairs that requires refusal of departure.
“The Nigeria Immigration Service because the company saddled with management of entry and departure from Nigeria of individuals is not going to permit people or teams of well-educated Nigerians who ought to know the procedures for travelling out of their nation and the necessities, which embody having a sound visa for entry right into a vacation spot nation to go away.
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“That is to keep away from refusal of Entry and repatriation again to Nigeria amidst Covid-19 pandemic and spreading of identical in addition to flouting the Federal Authorities’s directive on restriction of worldwide flights until for important purpose as authorised by authorities.
“There is no such thing as a official communication to the Service from the Ministry of Well being in Nigeria or any identified Medical physique notifying the NIS of the journey of this variety of Medical Medical doctors.
“The Plane has departed for London with out the Medical Medical doctors.
“The Comptroller Normal of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, is taking this chance to advise Nigerians to at all times adhere to journey protocols and guarantee they’ve Legitimate passports with Legitimate Visa to the nation they meant travelling to earlier than going to any Airport, Seaport or Land Border Management to keep away from refusal to depart.”