A total of 1,011,158 Nigerians applied for international passports across the country in 2018. This represents a 40% increase when compared to the 720,958 passport applications received in 2017. This was revealed in the 2018 Nigerian immigration statistics recently released by the Nigerian Bureau of statistics,
Lagos emerged as the state with the highest number of passport applicants, with a total of 292,848 applicants, which represents about 28% of the total passport applicants in the country. Abuja followed in second place with a total of 121,398 passport applicants. On the flip side, Taraba state came in last with just 2,464 passport applicants.
In terms of geopolitical zones, the South West dominated the passport application figures with a total of 474,265 applicants. North Central, with a total of 175,586 passport applicants emerged the zone with the second number of applicants followed by South-South, South East, North West, and North East with 144840, 102563, 102354 and 27762 respectively.
According to the report, 1,036,682 passports were issued in the year, while 26,975 ECOWAS travel certificates were also issued locally. The total number of standard Nigerian passports issued in foreign missions stood at 185,657.
Movement across Nigerian Borders
In 2018, a total of 4,529,153 movements were recorded across all Nigerian borders. This is a 22% increase compared to the 3,715,268 recorded in 2017. It’s worth noting that 2,206,568 (49%) of the trips recorded in 2018 were arrival trips, while 2,322,585 (51%) of them were departures.
The report also highlighted that a total of 209 irregular migrants were intercepted, 34 suspected smugglers were arrested and a total of 453 human trafficking and child labor victims rescued.