To contain the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic currently in Nigeria, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. Muhammed Babandede, has said that only those with COVID-19 test certificates will be allowed into the country.
Babandede who was speaking at Tuesday’s Presidential Taskforce COVID-19 briefing, said the constitution gives him the jurisdiction, which allows him the power to revoke visas and confiscate passports of defaulters.
The Immigration Boss added that the system is automated, such that about 100 people who are under a travel ban for going against COVID-19 restrictions and for skipping tests, could not get new passports or sway Immigration officers.
Babandede stated, “Public health is a big issue in the country and based on that directives, we have complied by blocking 100 passports from travelling, which means, even if they go to the police and declare those passports missing, they cannot be reissued anywhere in the world, and they cannot cross our national borders until the period of six months or communication received from the proper authorities stating that they have complied.”
“This will also include non-Nigerians; we have the powers to revoke visas, the comptroller-general has the power to revoke visas. Please comply, immigration has no business with anybody; we are implementing the directives handed down to us. You must have evidence of payment.”
He went on to say that some defaulters had been calling him for help, but he has told them categorically to abide by set rules.
“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 cautioned.