The Federal Government has advised Nigerians travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be honest with their visa applications following another video that emerged on social media showing Nigerians who arrived in the UAE but were not allowed into the country.
This was contained in a statement by Francisca Omayuli of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It stated, “It is therefore instructive for prospective visa applicants to indicate clearly their visa preferences without any ambiguity and also respect the immigration laws of other countries so as to avoid unwarranted treatments.”
According to the statement, “The Nigerian Mission in Dubai clarified that most of the Nigerians involved were issued family visas, only to arrive Dubai alone without any family member.
“Consequently, they were denied entry and advised to return to their country and apply for the appropriate visas.
“However, persons who applied for the same visa and arrived with their families were allowed into the country. While those who claimed their family members were on another flight were told to wait at the airport, pending their arrival.”
The government of the UAE introduced a new visa regime issuing tourist visas to only persons aged 40 years and above except for those applying for family visas.
Earlier on Wednesday, a 42 seconds video showed protesting the refusal of the airport authorities to allow them into the country.
One of the Nigerians said, “We have human rights; if I tell the United Nations about this thing, it doesn’t make sense. I got my visa; I used my money to buy a ticket; I came to visit.”
Meanwhile Nigerian reality TV star, Anita Akide, popularly called Tacha, who was in Dubai at the time of the incident tweeted about how Nigerians were being treated saying, “Dubai is really sending Nigerians back to Nigeria even with their valid visas. And on top of that when you reach Nigeria you’ll be paying an additional fee of N31,000 for whatever reason I don’t even know.
“Nigerians abroad try dey behave yourselves too. We need to do better. People are seriously suffering because of fights that we did not partake in.”