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UAE cancels three months tourist visa for Nigerians till further notice

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The United Arab Emirates has cancelled Three months tourist visa for Nigerian passport holders till further notice following the Dubai robbery five Nigerians.

According to the report, Nigeria passport holders are no longer eligible for the UAE three months tourist visa. They are now restricted to 1 months, 96 hours and 48 hours UAE tourist Visa till further notice.

Recall that 5 Nigerians were arrested in Dubai for robbing a bureau de change of cash of different currency worth Dh2.3 million (N225.4million), just two days after two of them arrived on a visiting visa. Thus, this new development.

The Federal Government has however condemned the action of five Nigerians. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said this in a statement to NAN by her media aide, Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The five Nigerians had on Sunday allegedly stormed a money exchange centre in Sharjah and fled with 2.3 million Dinars before they were arrested by the Dubai Police.

The five suspects who were on visitors visas to Dubai include Chimuanya Ozoh, Benjamin Ajah, Kingsley Ngoka, Tochukwu Alisi and Chile Ndunagu.

According to the police, the men barged into the exchange and smashed the glass barrier between the customers and the staff, stole the money in multiple currencies and fled.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has condemned the act of five the Nigerians arrested for the robbery and published their names.

  1. CHIMUANYA EMMANUEL OZOH
  2. BENJAMIN NWACHUKWU AJAH
  3. KINGSLEY IKENNA NGOKA
  4. TOCHUKWU LEONARD ALISI
  5. CHILE MICAH NDUNAGU

A statement by the Special Assistant Media to the SSA, Abdur-Rahman Balogun
Said the action of the five Nigerians is condemnable.

She described the action of the Nigerians in a foreign land as despicable and shameful as it was not in accordance with good character of Nigerians.

She, however, warned Nigerians living abroad to be good ambassadors of the country and desist from tarnishing the good image of Nigeria.

Dabiri-Erewa also advised embassies to screen applicants for visa and ensure that they are of good character.

The five Nigerians had on Sunday allegedly stormed a money exchange in Sharjah and fled with 2.3 million Dinars before they were arrested by the Dubai Police.

According to the Police, the men barged into the exchange and smashed the glass barrier between the customers and the staff, stole the money in multiple currencies and fled.

Signed

Abdur-Rahman Balogun
S.A. Media to Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa

She also described the execution of a Nigerian woman by Saudi Arabia government over drug related matters as very pathetic and tragic.

In a statement by her Media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun in Abuja, she said the news of the execution of the woman over drug matters in Saudi Arabia was painful despite repeated warnings to Nigerians in that country to be law abiding.

Dabiri-Erewa said that it is regrettable that in spite of the wise counsel for Nigerians travelling to Saudi Arabia by relevant government agencies to obey the country’s laws, some Nigerians would still go and run foul of the law.

” This particular execution is very worrisome especially when over eight Nigerians have been killed in the past few years over the same issue in Saudi Arabia”” She said.

She said over 20 Nigerians are currently on death row in Saudi Arabia and many are in prisons serving various jail terms.
“Our major concern, however, is whether the trial was fair to the convicts as the trial was not open and some of them were said to be implicated without a defence counsel.

Dabiri –Erewa said that Nigerian government had made some pleas on behalf of some Nigerians with the Saudi Arabia government to temper justice with mercy which had not yielded positive results.

“We are not saying our citizens in Saudi Arabia should be committing crimes, but we want Saudi Arabia to temper justice with mercy especially on offences that carry capital punishment’’
“We are appealing again to our citizens to avoid crimes and criminality in Saudi Arabia and other countries and be good ambassadors to Nigeria any where they go’’ She added.

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said four people were executed on Monday for drug trafficking, including one woman, bringing to 53 the number of people put to death this year.

Two Pakistani men, a Yemeni man and a Nigerian woman were executed in the holy city of Makkah, the ministry said in a statement.

In 2018, Saudi Arabia carried out the death sentences of 120 people as carrying illicit drugs and some other related offences attract capital punishment in the country.

Signed.
Abdur-Rahman Balogun
S.A. Media to Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa

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