The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede, has said that any foreigner who failed to present the COVID-19 test certificates on arrival in the country will be deported and visa revoked.
Babandede, said he will exercise powers as enshrined in the Immigration Act to revoke visas and confiscate passports of offenders, stressing that the next visa for global travel is the COVID-19 certificate.
He stated this at the weekly briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Tuesday, January 5.
He assured that the 100 travellers under a travel ban for flouting the mandatory seven-day post-arrival COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction test can not obtain fresh passports or compromise the NIS officers; also adding that the system was automated and cannot be bypassed or manipulated.
He said, “The public health is a big issue in the country; and based on that directives, we have also 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 also cannot cross our national borders until the period of six months or communication received from the right 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.”
He also stated that based on the powers he had; and also the additional conditions for entering the country; every visitor must have the COVID-19 test result.
He vowed to make travellers comply; noting that the lack of compliance with COVID-19 regulations was a threat to public health.
Babandede said some of the individuals under the travel restrictions have been calling him to seek assistance; adding that he simply asked them to comply with the regulations.
“Please comply, immigration has no business with anybody; we are implementing the directives handed down to us. 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 cautioned.