The chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said some Nigerians who have been sent back from Dubai tried to circumvent the new visa rules of the United Arab Emirates.
Dabiri-Erewa made this claim on Thursday, while reacting to recent reports that some Nigerians were stranded in Dubai, and some others have been turned back from the UAE.
On Wednesday, a viral video of Nigerians reportedly stranded at the Dubai international airport surfaced on social media, with a Twitter user, @dunchichi, saying at least 20 Nigerians were stuck at the airport and their passports seized.
Speaking on the reports relating to Dubai in a post on her Twitter handle on Thursday, Dabiri-Erewa said despite being warned on the new United Arab Emirates (UAE) visa rules for certain age categories, some Nigerians tried to “circumvent” the regulations.
“Warned on the new UAE visa rules for certain age categories. Many now try to circumvent by applying for ‘family visas’. They get the visas and travel alone. Also 6 months genuine bank statement, accommodation, return ticket must be produced. Another set to be sent back now,” she tweeted.