[Abuja]–Following US President Donald Trump’s signing of the updated version of his executive order, imposing a travel ban, the Nigerian government has advised against travelling to the United States.
Prior to this pronouncement, some Nigerians with valid visa have been denied entry into the US in recent weeks, for reasons shrouded in ambiguity.
While speaking with reporters on Monday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said, ” At least, four Nigerians with valid visas were denied entry to the US within the last two weeks and sent back to the country on the next available flights.”
Furthermore, she advised Nigerians who do not have expedient or essential reasons to visit the US to postpone their trip “until there is clarity in the new immigration policy.”
She added, “In the last few weeks, the office has received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas, being denied entry and sent back to Nigeria.
“In such cases reported to the office, the affected persons were sent back immediately on the next available flights and their visas were cancelled.”
She also cautioned Nigerians in the Diaspora to be law-abiding immigrants, to respect the rules and regulations of their host countries and be good representatives of Nigeria.
One of those affected by the travel ban is Francis Adekola, a Nigerian scholar who recently bagged his Ph.D at a Canadian institution.
While narrating his experience at the hands of an immigration agent, he said, “I travelled to the US on February 15, but when we got to the Atlanta airport, where I was to connect another flight, I was asked to step aside at the check-in counter by an armed border protection officer.
“He walked me to the luggage section and searched my wallet and bag. He also collected my telephone (set) and went through the contents: SMSes, pictures, WhatsApp chats, everything.
“My documents were not released to me until the plane was airborne on its way to Abuja even though my home was in Lagos,” he said.
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