The Nigeria Immigration Service has warned that foreigners who fail to present their COVID-19 test certificates on arrival in the country will have their visas revoked.
Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede gave the warning while speaking at the weekly briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Tuesday January 5.
Babandede assured Nigerians that the 100 travelers under a travel ban for flouting the mandatory seven-day post-arrival COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction test cannot obtain fresh passports or compromise the NIS officers as the system was automated and cannot be bypassed or manipulated.
“The public health is a big issue in the country and so based on that directives, we have complied by blocking 100 passports from travelling, which means, even if they go to the police and declare those passports missing, they cannot be reissued anywhere in the world and they cannot cross our national borders until the period of six months or communication received from the right authorities stating that they have complied.
“This will also include non-Nigerians; we have the powers to revoke visas, even the comptroller-general has the power to revoke visas. “
Babandede who also revealed that he has been receiving calls to help those under travel restriction stated that every visitor must have the COVID-19 test result.
I won’t take COVID-19 vaccine, I’m not a guinea pig –Oyedepo
The Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners’ Chapel, David Oyedepo, says he won’t take COVID-19 vaccine jab, adding that he is not a guinea pig.
The cleric stated this on Saturday during the church’s Covenant Hour of Prayer programme.
He said, “I have never seen a generation where you force people to take vaccines. It is inhuman; it is immoral sir. I’m not a lawyer but I don’t think it is legal. You can’t come to my house and want to give me injection.
“On what? Did I invite you? They are confused. But the church has the answer. Did you see any outbreak of virus here? How will it enter the gate? Will it come through the air? How? One woman just got down after that injection in Kaduna. What kind of life? Are human beings now turned to guinea pigs?
“The world is confused but the church is lighted. So the triumph of the church will humble the pride of the world. They don’t know what to do sir. In the last days, the church will be reigning in power and glory. That is God’s agenda.
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“No apologies. There is a big, big bird in our land, saying ‘don’t take it, they are deceivers’. Let me see someone who will come and inject me. By who? Are you going to tie my hands? How? Did I invite you? I know you are quiet, you will hear more of it. My job is to expose the devil and tell his agents, ‘get off, we are not guinea pigs’.”
Nigeria commenced its vaccination programme against the novel coronavirus last month with 3.924m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine doses.
According to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, 1,081,548 doses of the vaccine have so far been administered across the country as of April 17.
Over 160,000 Covid infections and more than 2,000 associated deaths have been recorded in the country in the last one year, according to statistics by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
Ofcom fines Pastor Chris channel N65.6m over COVID-19 sermon
The Office of Communications in the United Kingdom better known as Ofcom, has sanctioned religious channel, Loveworld, owned by Nigerian Pastor, Chris Oyakhilome.
Ofcom said in a statement that the station was fined £125,000 (N65.6m) for breaching the country’s broadcasting code by disseminating misinformation on COVID-19.
The statement read in part, “Today we have fined Loveworld £125,000 for this breach of the broadcasting code. This was the second time in a year that the broadcaster breached our rules on accuracy in news and harm in its coverage of the coronavirus.”
On December 1, 2020, Loveworld aired a 29-hour programme called the Global Day of Prayer, during which claims were made about the COVID-19.
According to the agency, these claims included the notion that the outbreak was ‘planned’, that the ‘sinister’ vaccine can be used to implant ‘nanochips’ that can control and cause harm to members of the public and the debunked theory that the virus was somehow caused by 5G.
The agency added that it was unfortunate that the station could continue to spread such information despite previous warnings.
Other parts of the statement reads, “Ofcom stresses that legitimate debate about the official response to the coronavirus pandemic is fundamental to holding public authorities to account during a global health crisis - particularly when public freedoms are curtailed and complex policy decisions are being taken.
“However, the inaccurate and potentially harmful claims made during this programme were unsupported by any factual evidence and went entirely without challenge. Ofcom was particularly concerned that this breach followed previous, similar breaches in 2020 during the investigation of which, Loveworld Limited gave Ofcom a number of assurances as to how it would improve its compliance procedures.”
Recently, Pastor Chris has debunked Pastors who go about preaching and urging their members to take the COVID-19 Vaccine, highlighted that the hope of the world is not in the vaccine, but in our lord and saviour Jesus, who has capacity to heal all our infirmities.
He also told pastors to convert their vaccine sermons and energy towards the assignment of God’s Kingdom, wherein they are called.
Iwobi cleared to play against Lesotho – CAF
The Nigeria Football Federation – NFF has announced that the Confederation of African Football has cleared Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi, to play in Nigeria’s game against Lesotho.
This was disclosed in a tweet on Tuesday, hours before the African Cup of Nations qualifier which will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos today.
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Recall, that officials of the Super Eagles team questioned Iwobi’s COVID-19 positive test result that forced the Everton FC man to miss Nigeria’s AFCON qualifier against the Benin Republic last Saturday.
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