By Chinedu Eze
The authorities of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, have intercepted two Indian nationals for illegally entering Nigeria without proper documentation.
The Indian suspects, who entered the country through land border, would be prosecuted by Immigration Service.
Lagos Airport Comptroller of the NIS, Abdullahi Usman, made this known at the weekend in his briefing, stating that the two Indians, both male, were intercepted during the screening of Indian nationals that were being evacuated from Nigeria through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos.
Usman also disclosed that while profiling the men, it was discovered that they entered Nigeria through the land border and had visa on arrival application approval, which they failed to present to Immigration at the border.
He further disclosed that the men had been in Cotonou, Benin Republic, for a month as they had the stamp of that country dated February 9, 2020, when they left and entered Nigeria illegally as they did not present themselves for immigration checks at the border.
The Command said the two Indians, 32 and 29 respectively, would be prosecuted according to the Nigeria Immigration laws as deterrence to others
Meanwhile, 446 Indian nationals were evacuated from Nigeria last Saturday as part of the ongoing evacuation of foreign nationals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spokesman of NIS, Sunday James, said the Comptroller-General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede, has warned migrants to desist from breaking the Immigration laws of countries of transit or destination to avoid sanctions that may result in stopping them from coming to Nigeria or payment of fees chargeable, depending on the gravity of the offence committed and what the law stipulates for any of such offence.