Two India nationals (names withheld) are to be prosecuted for violating the Nigerian immigration law, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
However, the Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede MFR has warned migrants to desist from breaking the immigration laws of countries of transit or destination to avoid sanctions.
He said this may result into stopping them from coming to Nigeria or payment of fees chargeable depending on the gravity of the offence committed and what the law stipulated.
These were contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the Deputy Comptroller of the NIS and the National Public Relations Officer of the agency, James Sunday.
According to him, the duo were arrested the Murtala Mohammed International Airport while screening Indian nationals due for evacuation from Nigeria as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A total of 446 Indians were evacuated from Nigeria on Saturday, June 20, 2020.
James revealed that the NIS command at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos intercepted the two Indian nationals for illegally entering the nation without proper documentation.
The statement reads in parts:
“The Lagos Airport Comptroller of the NIS, Abdullahi Usman in his briefing stated that the Indians both male were arrested during the screening of Indian nationals that were being evacuated from Nigeria through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos.
“CIS Usman 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.
“Usman further disclosed that the men had been in Cotonu 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.”
James added that the Indians aged 32 and 29 years old respectively would be prosecuted according to the Nigeria immigration laws as deterrence to others.
DCI James Sunday,
For Comptroller General NIS, Abuja.
National Public Relations Officer