Nine Nigerian women were denied boarding at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) by its Command of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Wednesday over suspicion of human trafficking.
The nine ladies were traveling to Lebanon and Dubai in the Middle East.
Usman Abdullahi, the Lagos Airport Comptroller of NIS, said the denied boarding took place between last Sunday and Tuesday.
Briefing newsmen, Abdullahi noted that NIS made the decision to deny the ladies the flight to their destinations after their interrogations which indicated that they were travelling for employment and possibly become refugees in a foreign land.
Abdullahi gave the assurance that the agency would put more effort into curbing the menace of human trafficking.
This move, according to the Immigration Comptroller, is following the voluntary arrival of 30 female Nigerians in the country after residing in Mali for years with no means of livelihood.