A total of 7,836 Nigerians were prevented from travelling out of the country by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) within the first six months of 2014. In addition, another set of 4,896 were deported from various countries of the world within the same period, the NIS Public Relations Officer, Chukwuemeka Obua, said on Wednesday, at the Media Parley of the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA) hosted I-Nigerian Initiative in Abuja.
He said many reasons accounted for why some Nigerians were refused permission to leave the country, including doubts concerning their motive and conflicting travelling documents, as their destination countries might decide to refuse them entry.
Obua, who spoke about the successes and challenges of the Service since the current Comptroller General, Mr David Paradang, was appointed, disclosed that to make the business of border patrolling/policing more effective, the Service had embarked on specialised training of the Border Patrol Corps and indeed, the first batch of 1,000 officers had passed out and deployed.
He pointed out that the Service had procured and distributed 59 four-wheel jeeps, in addition to All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), communication gadgets and porter cabins to accommodate officers and men at their patrol bases. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2