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Immigration To Implement FG’s Directive On Travel ban



Immigration To Implement FG’s Directive On Travel ban
Controller-General (CG), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Muhammad Babandede

The Controller-General (CG), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Muhammad Babandede, has said the Service will implement Federal Government’s directive on the travel ban for passengers who fail to carry out the day-7 COVID-19 test.

Babandede stated this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19 on Tuesday in Abuja.

”It is clear to everybody that the future of travels is health.

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”The next visa for global travel is health especially the COVID-19 certificate.

”I can assure you that you may not be able to cross Nigerian borders without the vaccine certificate or your COVID-19 test.

“Also, it is our duty to implement the directive of Mr. President, the powers are enshrined in the Immigration Act, the Constitution, and from the regulation for COVID-19.

“The powers are there to restrict the person that has refused to comply with any regulation.

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“This is because lack of compliance to COVID-19 regulations is a threat to public health,” he said.

According to him, public health is a big issue in the country and so, based on that directive, we have complied by blocking 100 passports from traveling.

Babandede said this meant that even if they went to the police and declared those passports missing, they would not be reissued anywhere in the world.

He said that they would not also cross our national borders until the period of six months or communication received from the right authorities stating that they had compiled.

”This will also include non-Nigerians; we have the powers to revoke visas, even the Controller-General has the power to revoke visas.

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“So, based on the powers given and an additional condition for entering Nigeria today, you must have COVID-19 test result, we will make you comply.

”You must have evidence of payment. If you do the test it means you have complied.

“If you have not done the test it means you have violated the condition of entering the country; your visa will be revoked,” he said.

Babandede said that he wanted to assure Nigerians that immigration was implementing the directives.

He added that he had started receiving calls from those whose passports numbers were published.

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He said he told them that there was no problem, adding that he told them also that he didn’t put their numbers there but that they violated the protocols.

Babandede said that he advised them to go back to the health sector and make sure they complied.

“You see Nigerians are wonderful, they refused to do the tests; but after over a month of returning to the country now, they are calling to say they want to travel as their children are returning to school.

”Please comply; immigration has no business with anybody; we are implementing the directives handed down to us.” 

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Boarded MaxAir Passengers Disgruntled Over Delay Caused By NCAA



Boarded MaxAir Passengers Disgruntled Over Delay Caused By NCAA

Passengers of MaxAir airline were aggrieved over the delay caused by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) after boarding.

It was learned that the NCAA had stopped the already taxiing airline, to carry out a safety inspection on the airplane.

The VM1609 of MaxAir flight was to depart to Lagos from the Abuja airport.

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According to an official report, the flight was stopped due to technical issues as commuters were left stranded in the aircraft.

Narrating the event, a passenger named Raymond had explained how the 11.30 am flight had moved some distance on the tarmac preparatory for take-off before it was eventually turned back to the hangar and parked.

When contacted to explain what actually happened, the Station Manager for MaxAir at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Kehinde Ogunyale, said the aircraft had to follow the rules of the aviation industry regulator-NCAA.

“It was just a delay on the flight, nothing like stranded passengers please, and it is because we were told that the NCAA wanted to do an inspection. That was it,” he told our correspondent.

Ogunyale added, “So the delay came because we were waiting for the NCAA to do the inspection. There is nothing like stranded passengers on our flight.

“The aircraft was ready to take off and they said they wanted to do an inspection on the flight. So the time spent had to do with waiting for the NCAA officials to do the inspection.

“After the inspection, the flight was meant to take off and as I am talking to you now I’ve just got information that the plane is now taxiing for take-off.”

It was learnt that the flight finally took off around 2 pm after the civil aviation authority had completed the safety inspection on the aircraft.

Although the spokesperson for NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, stated that he had yet to be briefed on the MaxAir incident in Abuja when contacted, he explained that it was a standard practice to inspect an aircraft, especially whenever a pilot raised a concern.

“The pilot might have noticed an issue and might have called the NCAA to inspect the plane. So it is a standard practice to carry out such inspection before clearing the aircraft for takeoff,” he stated.

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BREAKING: Kanu’s Trial Adjourned



BREAKING: Kanu's Trial Adjourned

Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), would again appear before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, as his trial was adjourned today (Tuesday, January 18).

The court adjourned Kanu’s trial after the IPOB leader complained that the federal government didn’t serve him the fresh 15 amended charges on time.

Kanu, through his team of lawyers led by Mike Ozoekhome (SAN), informed the court that the amended charges were served to them barely 24 hours prior to the former’s appearance in court, which they argued was a limited time for them.

My Lord, the proposed amended charges were served on us yesterday (Monday) evening. As I speak to you, my lord, the defendant, who was just brought in, has not even seen the charges which he is being told to enter his plea.

With due respect, that is not justice. It is ambushing. I know that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act allows the Federal Government to amend, but this is the sixth amendment they are making, and each time they do it, they serve us a day to the hearing, just to frustrate the trial,” Ozekhome stated.

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