The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has disclosed that visitors from countries (Libya, Somalia) battling insurgency or terrorism will be heavily screened before allowed entry into Nigeria.
Recall The Herald reported that President Muhammadu Buhari in order to promote unity in Africa declared a Visa-on-arrival policy to all Africans travelling to Nigeria at the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa which took place in Egypt
However, NIS has clearly stated that visitors from African countries battling terrorism such as Libya, Somalia will be subjected to heavy screening.
According to Punch,
“With this new visa regime, we are going to pay special attention to visitors and passengers coming from countries that have issues with insurgency or terrorism. These include Kenya, Libya, Somalia and others,” the newspaper quoted NIS sources to have said.
“Before now, we have an online visa application which visitors from mostly African countries and others outside Africa must fill and submit online. When they get here, we still screen them before we issue them visa and allow them in.
“But some are taking advantage of the visa on arrival to come for other activities such as tourism and church activities. This is because sometimes, they find it difficult to get approval from embassies.
“The majority of people coming are Chinese citizens and other church worshippers who come to Synagogue Church in Lagos. Most of those who come for religious tourism are from Africa. They come in large numbers, especially from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda and a few other African nations. They come strictly for church-related programmes.
“But we carry out extra checks on those from countries like Syria due to terrorism and others in Africa such as Libya. We also scrutinise Kenyans, but the majority of those who come to Nigeria are for church-related purposes.
“They go through security checks and we have a stop list that guides us. On entering Nigeria, the system will alert us of a suspected terrorist because we already have their names with us.”