LAGOS, Nigeria – The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says no fewer than 150 Nigerians were disallowed from travelling out of the country in the last four months in the fight against human trafficking.
Mr Abdullahi Usman, the Comptroller in charge of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, made this known to newsmen, while receiving the management of Access Bank at the airport.
According to Usman, those refused departure were within the range age of 16 to 40 years.
“They were sensitised on the reasons for their refusal and most of them were satisfied,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“We told them that if they had gone, it would have been a disaster for them. We also ensure they were profiled at the same venue where the returnees were being kept.
“They witnessed the returnees and it became very clear to them. Most of them were innocent of where they are going to, while some of them knew.
“When we came, we introduced anti-human trafficking to look basically into human tracking issues,” he said.
The comptroller said that no fewer than 58, 000 visas were issued from January to Dec. 5 on arrival to foreigners who arrived through the MMIA in Lagos.
He said that most of the beneficiaries were investors coming into the country.
He said the visa-on-arrival procedure was targeted at investors coming into Nigeria to do business as part of the Ease of Doing Business policy of the Federal Government.
“We have upgraded our visa on arrival from email-based to web-based to improve our services.
“Applicants can now log into the website and fill in their details and also get their approvals directly from there instead of using a third party which was what we were doing before because they have to send a representative here to process it.
“So, the increase in the issuance is to ease procedure and encourage more investors to come into the country to invest,’’ Usman said.
On airport operations, he said that the new Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS), had been installed at the airport.
He said that this was to enable immigration and border officials to process travellers more rapidly and professionally and as well make their border-crossing experience safer and more humane.