The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said that its agents intercepted 10 Nigerians traveling to Cameroon, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic.
The agency said that after intercepting the travelers, they were turned over to health officials for medical examinations to determine their COVID-19 status.
NIS spokesman DCI Sunday James stated this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
He said that naval agents at the Adadia checkpoint helped intercept travelers.
"The ten people were turned over to health authorities for medical examinations to check their COVID-19 status and related illnesses and returned to their locations after being released by health authorities and the profile of NIS officers," he said.
James added that two of them were from Cross River and eight from Akwa-Ibom state.
In his efforts to prevent future events, he said that the Immigration Service's General Controller, Muhammad Babandede, had directed an intense border patrol and that authorities should be alert to monitor movements in the border areas.
The service advised Nigerians around border communities "to avoid movement across the border in this period, in order to avoid charges under existing service laws".
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