By Tobias Legnan Dapam
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, says NIS Service Public Relations Officer, Chukwuemeka Obua yesterday at the Media Parley of the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA) hosted I-Nigerian Initiativein Abuja.
He said many reasons account for why some Nigerians were refused permission to leave the country including doubts concerning their motive and conflicting travelling documents as their destination countries may decide to refuse them entry.
Giving further breakdown of figures of travellers, Obua noted that between January and June this year, total arrival and departures from Nigeria amounted to 2,287,536 made up of 1,181 departures and 1,106,109 arrivals into the country through authorises routes.
Of this figures again, 3,825 foreigners were repatriated and 19,668 foreigners refused admission into the country and1, 917 Nigerians were refused admission abroad.
Meanwhile he also disclosed that NIS lost 40 officers to the activities of insurgents and terrorists during the period aside from many others who were wounded.