By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Nigerian immigration service has said a total of 67 Nigerian citizens from Abidjan, Cote d’voire, have arrived Nigeria on Wednesday.
Controller – General of the services, Muhammad Babandede, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said this is to counter the earlier published reports made on the arrival of the same returnees.
The statement read as: ” The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede MFR has directed for clarification and need
for correcting the newspaper that published a false report on the arrival of same returnees against the service response on no arrival of the group as at sunday the 5th April, 2020.
“Here we have the same sixty-seven(67) Nigerians arrived today the Wednesday 8th April 2020.”
Babandede, who solicited for a proper guidance in reporting sensitive events as this, said the returnees are received by the service and handed over to Lagos State following their details taken.
” For the record Sixty-seven (67)returnee Nigerians from Abidjan arrived today Wednesday the 8th April 2020 at Seme Control Post where the NIS Operatives received them and handed them over to the Lagos State Government represented by the Special Assistant Health to the Executive Governor of Lagos State Dr Tunde Ajayi after thorough profiling with the following details for press: Osun-58,Lagos-4,Oyo-2,Ondo-1,Edo-1,Ogun-1,total 67 returnees”
While assuring the general public of the services commitment to national interest at all times, Babandede, urged the media to thoroughly investigate and confirm sensitive national issues before disseminating them out.