COVID-19: Immigrations to shut down seaports, airports, land borders

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has directed its officials to shut down the seaport, airports and land borders over the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement signed on Tuesday, by the NIS National Spokesman, DC Sunday James, the shut down is in compliance with the Federal Government directive in order to safeguard the lives of Nigerians and non-Nigerians.

According to the statement: “The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede MFR, has directed for total compliance with the Federal Government directive on International flights restriction into Nigeria and subsequent Closure of the Land Border to safeguard the lives and well-being of Nigerians and Non-Nigerians in view of the continuous spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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“The CGI Babandede directive came at the instance of the land border closure directive and the need to enforce total lockdown of Airports, Seaports and land border frontiers to curtail and contain the spread of the virus which can be reduced by the control of human mobility across the borders and within for those that must have travelled who needs to observe an isolation period on return to the country.

“Nigeria Immigration Service will not fail in enforcing laws on Control and Management of human mobility at this trying times of our nation to ensure the good health and well-being of our citizens.

“Consequent upon the Federal Government directives the Officers at all the International Airports, Land and Sea borders have been directed to observe border closure for the period stipulated.

“The Comptroller General assures Nigerians of the service’s commitment to the best global practices to safeguard our borders and control of human mobility.”

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