Cult War: UAE Tightens Visa Requirements for Nigerians

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Abike Dabiri, CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has said that, the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would henceforth deny entry visas to Nigerians younger than the age of 40.

In a post made on Instagram on Friday September 2, 2022, Dabiri said only those applying for family visas would not be affected by the new rule.

She recalled her warning on August 4, 2022, when she said there were some Nigerians giving the country a bad name in the arab country.

Her post read, “Recall the recent warning issued a while ago.

“The UAE government has now introduced a new visa regime and has stopped issuing tourist visas to persons under the age of 40 years, except for those applying for family visas.

“However, to evade the new visa rules, some applicants request ‘family visas’.

“However, on arrival some travel alone and arrive without family, so they are turned back from the airport. Also, the UAE authorities demand return ticket, valid 6 month bank account statement and a valid residence address.

“There have been quite a number of Nigerian passengers turned back from the UAE airport in the last few weeks.”

In recent weeks, videos and reports of civil unrest caused by rival Nigerian cult groups in Dubai have been rife, and with damages to government and private property. A number of Nigerians have also been deported.

Some Nigerians have lamented ill treatment by the United Arab Emirates security officials and in some cases, those without good explanation, were detained at airports before deporting them back to Nigeria.

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