17 Stowaway attempts made in 2014 at Lagos airport – NIS

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has said that 17 stowaway attempts were made at the Lagos airport in 2014. This underscored the huge security threat at many of the nation’s airports. The disclosure was made yesterday by the NIS, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, Command; Mrs. Chizoba Dibi. She said this when the new Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Mr. Martins Abeshi inspected the agency’s facilities at the Lagos airport. Within the same period, she declared that the command also refused 238 Nigerians from departing the shores of the country for several reasons. She added that 297 foreigners were also refused admission into the country.

Dibi maintained that the command in 2014 received 5,149 Nigerians deported from various countries under regular deportees with 900 special deportees. Besides, she said the command in the year under review repatriated 12 foreigners with Nigerian returnees totalling 2, 902. She declared that the command in 2014 earned $704,058 while airlines; foreign and local owed it $654,000 while it owed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, a paltry N61,273.00. She described MMIA, as the most sensitive gateway in Nigeria with a total number of 30 airlines that fly in and out of the airport, stressing that the number excluded private aircraft that operate almost on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, the NIS boss has ordered the immediate suspension of inspection of immigration documents by its officers. He said that the action portrays unprofessionalism. He also threatened to sack corrupt officers in the system if they do not change from their dastardly acts. Speaking at his maiden visit to the Zone yesterday, Abeshi said that the service had received several complaints of visitations to companies particularly in Lagos by the service command under the guise of inspecting immigration documents. He explained that the officers most times carried out their duties in unprofessional manner, which soiled the image of NIS before the public, stressing that following the complaints, NIS has immediately suspended such inspections until it would produce a new template for the exercise.



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