A  total of 1,579, 667 movements of passengers in and outside Nigeria was recorded in 2021. 

163,091 passengers arrived in the country by land, 993,508 by air and 195,219 came in through the sea.

In the document released by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, it was revealed that 177,352 persons left the country by land, 1,093,518 by air and 88,459 by sea.

The Nigeria Immigration Service also denied no fewer than 1,681 applicants visas to the country. No reason was given for this. 

The NIS also issued a total of 2,811 official and 895 diplomatic passports among others in 2021.

It read; 

“Immigration in 2021 recorded a total of 1,579,667 passenger movement. This is made up of arrival by land, 163,091, air 993,508 and sea 195,219. Departure by land was 177,352, by air 1,093,518 and sea 88,459.

“Within the same period, 148,711 applications for Nigerian visas were received, out of which 147,030 were approved while 1,681 applications were rejected.

“Same last year, the NIS issued 1,041,537 standard Nigerian passports to Nigerians at home and abroad that applied for them. It also issued 2,811 official and 895 diplomatic passports, 14,214 Emergency Travel Certificates and 150 refugee passports.”