The Intercepted Travellers are Nigerians not Foreigners
The attention of Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, MFR 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.
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.
NIS thus wishes to state that the Command in the course of routine assignment had intercepted the travelers, profiled them to ascertain their true nationality and contrary to the report going round, they are all Nigerian citizens travelling to Lagos for their legitimate businesses.
The actual number of the travellers is 167 and not 200.
The Service therefore advice the media to always verify the facts about their report before filing for publication.
DCI S. James
Service Public Relations Officer
FOR: Comptroller General of Immigration Service