Contrary to reports that the Kogi State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), arrested 200 (two hundred) Ekiti -bound foreigners, the leadership of the service has dismissed the claims, saying all profiled travellers were Nigerians travelling to Lagos.
The Comptroller General of the Service, Muhammad Babandede in a statement signed by the Service image maker, Mr Sunday James said the actual number of travellers is 167 as against the 200 speculated.
He explained that Kogi state Command in the course of routine assignment had intercepted the travelers, profiled them to ascertain their true nationality and contrary to report making the rounds, discovered they are all Nigerian citizens travelling to Lagos for their legitimate businesses.
The statement partly reads, “attention of the CG is drawn to a sensational report by some online media that about 200 foreigners were intercepted by our officers in Kogi state on their way to Ekiti. ”
The statement stated that , “This is untrue as the Comptroller of Immigration, Kogi State Command in whose jurisdiction the travelers were intercepted confirmed with records that they were all Nigerian and no single Nigerien was found among the people apprehended.”
“The Comptroller of Immigration, Kogi Command, under whose jurisdiction the travelers were intercepted, confirmed with records that they were all Nigerians.”
“No single Nigerien (citizen of neighbouring Republic of Niger) was found among the people apprehended.”
“The command profiled them to ascertain their true nationality and contrary to reports making rounds, they are all Nigerian citizens traveling to Lagos for their legitimate businesses,” he said.
The Immigration boss to this end, adviced the media to always verify facts about their report before filing for publication.
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