Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) said it has refused departure of 58 Nigerian medical doctors to London through Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos. The NIS said only two of the 58 doctors had visa, but all of them “attempted traveling aboard a UK bound aircraft flight number ENT 550, registration number SP-ES that flew in from …

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Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) said it has refused departure of 58 Nigerian medical doctors to London through Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos.

The NIS said only two of the 58 doctors had visa, but all of them “attempted traveling aboard a UK bound aircraft flight number ENT 550, registration number SP-ES that flew in from London.“

In a press release signed by the NIS Public Relation Officer, DCI Sunday James pcc, the Service stated that the refusal is constitutional explaining that:

“Medical Doctors were refused departure in line with Section 31 subsection 2a and b, on powers conferred on the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service by the Immigration Act 2015, to prohibit departure of any person under the conditions stated in the Act.”

The Service said although the chartered flight was approved to land in Nigeria to carry 42 medical doctors for a training program in the United Kingdom, but 58 persons showed up and only two of them have valid visa for entry to UK.

The statement said the action taken is necessary “to avoid refusal of Entry and repatriation back to Nigeria amidst Covid-19 pandemic and spreading of same as well as flouting the Federal Government’s directive on restriction of international flights unless for essential reason as approved by government.”

HumAngle’s further enquiries at the headquarters of the NIS regarding whether the medics are from the public or private sector service did not receive any desired response. DCI James said such related information is presently under ongoing investigation.

However, the NIS said it received no official notification from the Ministry of Health in Nigeria or any other known body as regards to the planned travel by the medical doctors.

The aircraft, according to the NIS, has departed to London without the medical doctors.

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