The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja says no fewer than 239,114 outbound and inbound migrants passed through the airport between January 2020 and 15th December, 2020.
While 73,582 Nigerians and 46,665 Non-Nigerians departed the airport for various destinations abroad.
In a statement, the Service Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday James says, similarly, 81,277 Nigerians and 37,590 Non-Nigerians arrived through NAIA airport within the period under review.
While a total of 625 Nigerians were deported and 24 repatriated for various criminal and immigration related offences abroad and adds that 12 foreign nationals who failed to comply with Nigerian entry requirement were refused admission and returned.
“34 Nigerians predominantly females (young ladies) were refused departure for non-compliance and violation of immigration regulations and other extant laws”.
The NIS spokesperson states that the young ladies were victims of human trafficking being transported for the purpose of forced prostitution and sex exploitation and were between the ages of 18 to 28.
Explaining further, he says their final destination was Dubai, UAE and adds that upon interception, they were profiled and forwarded to NIS Service Headquarter for further investigation and released to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for rehabilitation.
“In the same vein, the change of operational strategy lead to the uncovering of the persons recruiting and trafficking these ladies via sting operation where six (6) recruiters/traffickers were apprehended (4 males and 2 females). In addition, the identities of 3 recruiters/sponsors resident in Dubai were equally uncovered”.
The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Command, within the period under review, received and handed over 100 Nigerians whose offences are not immigration related to relevant agencies; Drug related issues, Financial Crimes, Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants.
He appeals to the general public to co-operate with the operatives at the Airport during clearance procedures to reduce human contact so as to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
The statement commends the deployment of Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) to enhance air border management at all the Airports which ensured smooth and seamless passenger processing.