Nigerian Govt warns embassies over fraudulent visa agents

The Nigerian government has warned embassies and high commissions in Nigeria to stop using travel agents to defraud Nigerians applying for visas.

Speaking at the dinner organised in honour of the visiting Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Makei, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Viola Onwuliri, demanded “fair and just’’ treatment for visa applicants in the country.

“Exploitation of Nigerians through agents has become something I think we cannot tolerate any longer.
“We are watching and we will soon ask our security personnel to go after the culprits because the exploitation of Nigerians seeking visas must stop,” she warned.

The minister, who did not name the errant embassies, welcomed the decision of the Belarusian embassy in Nigeria to appoint honorary counsels to Lagos and Kano, two commercial cities in Southern and Northern Nigeria.

She expressed the hope that the opening of more diplomatic presence in the country by the eastern European nation would boost economic and trade relations of both countries.

Mr. Makei said Nigeria and Belarus had maintained diplomatic relations since 1994, which had yet to reflect in the economic and trade volume of both countries.

The minister said there were huge prospects of increased trade between the two countries in the area of heavy automobile, agriculture and mining.

He said MTZ Tractor Company of Belarus would open a tractor assembly plant in Bauchi before the end of the year.

He said the joint venture deal had been concluded and the first delivery of Completely Knocked Down (CKD) parts would soon arrive the country.

He said Belarus was also willing to offer technical cooperation to Defence Industrial Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) in Kaduna, which manufactures arms and ammunitions. (NAN)


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  • amazing2012

    Excellent Madam, a complaint unit should be establish under direct supervision from your office.
    The Embassies exploits us and should be corrected, again in the foreign affairs and education to legalize your documents all you need is to pay money which no receipt will issued to you. We are losing government Revenue to individual pockets for instance: right In your ministry each paper is N1,000 also in Federal ministry of Education they collect same amount either the documents are fake or not. The police at the gate of your office are agents of the touts who patronize your corrupt officers. With this knowledge by the Embassies they treat our applications with utmost distrust and suspicious.
    Let’s starts at home, then our credibility can speak for us and further measures will be welcome.
    Madam God will be with you as you want to bring back the image of the country.