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Visa: NIS Stops Departure Of 58 Nigerian Medical Doctors

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS),

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA) Ikeja, Lagos has refused departure of 58 Nigerian doctors who attempted travelling aboard a United Kingdom (UK) bound aircraft
flight number ENT 550, registration number SP-ES that flew in from London.
Fifty six of the doctors had no visa for entry to the United Kingdom, while only two had visa.

The 58 medical doctors were refused depar- ture in line with Section 31 subsection 2a and b, on powers conferred on the Comptroller Gener- al of Nigeria Immigration Service by the Immi￾gration Act 2015, to prohibit departure of any person under the conditions stated in the Act.
The chartered flight approved for landing in Nigeria was to carry 42 medical doctors for a training programme but they were 58 with only
two having Visa for entry into UK, a situation that calls for refusal of departure.

Already, NIS had affirmed,”the Nigeria Im￾migration Service as the agency saddled with control of entry and departure from Nigeria of persons will not allow individuals or groups
of well-educated Nigerians who should know the procedures for travelling out of their coun￾try and the requirements, which include having a valid visa for entry into a destination coun￾try to leave”.

NIS emphasised that this is to avoid refus￾al of entry and repatriation back to Nigeria amidst COVID-19 pandemic and spreading of same as well as flouting the federal govern￾ment’s directive on restriction of international
flights unless for essential reason as approved by government.

An official statement issued yesterday,
signed by Service Public Relations Officer, DCI Sunday James, on behalf of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, con- firmed the incident.

The statement reads in part “There is no of- ficial communication to the Service from the Ministry of Health in Nigeria or any known Medical body notifying the NIS of the travel of this number of Medical Doctors. The Aircraft
has departed for London without the Medical.

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