Monday , 3 October 2022
Nigeria immigration service (NIS) officials carrying out their responsibilities at airports. Caveat: ( No suspected human trafficker or trafficked on this picture)

Human Trafficking: NIS intercept another 9 girls from flying to Middle eastern countries

  • Records issuance of 4,000 Visas on Arrival from January 1st

ANOTHER nine (9) female travelers have been refused the departure at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) by the Lagos airport command of the Nigeria immigration service (NIS) barely a week after the service refused departure of nine (9) ladies over suspicion of human trafficking.

This is just as the Federal Government’s Ease of Doing Business Directive have seen no fewer than 4000 persons from various countries get issued Visas on Arrival (VOA) at the same international gateway.

Speaking on the developments, Lagos Airport comptroller of the NIS Usman Abdullahi said this current batch of nine were intercepted between Sunday and Tuesday from travelling to the Middle East.

Abdullahi noted that the upon interrogation some of the girls could not tell exactly what they were going to do at their destination, with some claiming they were going on medicals without adequate referrals.

Other according to the Immigration comptroller said they were going for employment in Dubai and Lebanon, before they were thwarted.

He noted that despite the daily departure refusal, persons especially females between the ages of 21/32 are adamant as they still troop to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos in a bid to travel for greener pasture.

He however decried that most of them fall into all sorts of vices destroying themselves and the nation’s reputation internationally.

According to the Airport Comptroller, the service will continue to do its bit but called on parents, guardians to take care of their own and protect them from the harsh world out there where most of these children are taken advantage of in unimaginable ways.

Recall, no fewer than 9 persons were refused departure over suspicion of human trafficking from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) between yesterday January 23rd and 24th, 2020 while intending to travel to the middle east countries of Lebanon and Dubai from Lagos.

Abdullahi stress that the NIS is doing all within its powers to curb the menace of human trafficking.

Meanwhile, on the Visa on Arrival (VOA) policy, Abdullahi disclosed that about 4000 persons from different countries have been issued visa on arrival at the Murtala Mohammed international airport Lagos between January 1st, 2020 till date.

According to him, the numbers are good and will get better.

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