Tuesday , 5 July 2022
Comptroller General Nigerian Immigration Service, Muahammad Babandede

NIS receives another special needs passenger at MMIA; denies 20 from leaving country

NIGERIA Immigration Service (NIS), Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Command has on Tuesday, received another 29 years old special needs female Nigerian, Motunde Oluwatobi Victoria from Saudi Arabiareuniting her with her family.

This is just as the Service has stopped twenty (20) Nigerians from travelling out of the country through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos in the last one week , according to a source close to the command.

It was gathered that Motunde had been in Saudi Arabia since 2018 and engaged as a house maid, returned aboard Egypt Air at 1:30pm on Tuesday with incoherent speech, which prompted the command to search for her family members.

According to information gathered, once the officials of immigration discovered that Motunde had special needs, they searched for her family contact through the social media and were able to locate her immediate older sister, Titilope Deborah Babatunde.

A source close to the scene of the incident confided in our correspondent said: “The passenger who was born in 1992 came from Saudi Arabia. She came back and was looking very troubled, not cohesive in her statement. Because of the state she was, immigration decided not to let her go on the streets just like that.

“The service had to take time to search frantically for the family members through the social media because she had no phone number of any of her siblings. She was not in a stable condition. In fact, the immigration had to play the humanitarian role by reuniting her with her family members.”

Also, Motunrayo’s sister, Titilope, lauded officials of immigration at the airport for reuniting her with her sister.

She confirmed that Motunrayo who had been in Saudi Arabia since 2018 was engaged as a house maid in that country, stressing that she got wind of her health challenge about two weeks ago through another Nigerian based in that country.

“I am very grateful to the immigration service, MMIA Command for reuniting me with my sister. Initially when I received the call, I concluded that it was a scammer at work. What immigration has done has further reinvigorated my belief about Nigeria. It shows that to some extent, we are still secure in Nigeria. If not for the immigration, I will not know that my sister has been brought back to Nigeria. We will still think she was in Saudi Arabia,” she said.

On denials to travel, NigerianFLIGHTDECK correspondent on Wednesday learnt that most of those stopped from travelling out by the command could not give tangible reasons for wanting to travel out of the country and could not give details of their travels.

According to the source, those stopped could not provide accurate documentation to support their claims, while it was observed that some of them used travel agents to perfect their papers to travel out of the country by all means.

The source said that through thorough interrogations by immigration personnel, some unconvincing travellers had been stopped from soiling the image of the country abroad, regretting that most of such travellers end of returning to Nigeria with complicated medical and health issues.

The source advised those willing to travel out of the country by all means to get proper education on job availabilities in any country they intend to go and should have deep knowledge about such environment, maintaining that most of them are not knowledgeable about their travel plans.

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