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National Assembly Summon US Ambassador over Denial of Visa to Nigerians

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The Nigerian Parliament has summoned the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, to answer questions over the denial of US Visa to Nigerians by the embassy.

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The US ambassador was summoned after an activist Kayode Bello petitioned the National Assembly over the issue.

According to reports by the Punch Newspaper, the US embassy have continuously denied Nigerian Students seeking to study in the US Visa after having paid a lot of money on fees.

These fees include, were application fees, evaluation fees, courier fees, service fees, visa fees and school fees, all of which were non-refundable.

The embassy reportedly denied the students Visas either for not being married or because only one parent was a sponsor.

A parent claimed that his daughter’s interview was cut short because she asked the interviewer to speak up.

It was also discovered that the embassy also issued preprinted blue papers to those it rejected without giving a specific reason for the decision.

The activist, Bello, petitioned the National Assembly through a member representing the Ede and Ejigbo Federal Constituency, Prof. Mojeed Alabi, after suffering a similar fate of denial.

The summon, titled, ‘Indiscriminate denial of United States of America visa and illegal increment of exchange rate of visa fee by the American embassy’ was signed by the House Committee Chairman on Public Petitions, Uzo Azubuike.

The two-page document, dated November 27, 2018 said the hearing would hold on Tuesday, December 4 at 2pm at the House of Representatives Room 429.

The House asked the ambassador to present 20 copies of his defence.

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