Why some Nigerians are turned back at U.S. airports – Envoy

Dulles International Airport [Photo credit: WTTW.com]

Hakeem Balogun, the Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington, says different reasons are responsible for the extreme vetting Nigerians face during entry into the US.

Mr. Balogun, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Washington, added that the President Donald Trump’s travel ban did not affect Nigerians.

“The executive ban on immigration does not affect Nigerians. Whatever must have taken place regarding visa issuance, vetting at the airports, it’s all normal.

“All these things have been on even before President Trump. Let’s get one thing well. That you are issued visa is not a guarantee that you will end up wherever you’re going.

“It’s a global thing; it’s not just United States. Even with us in Nigeria, we issue a visa to you here in the Nigerian Embassy.

“There is no guarantee that you will get in when you get to Murtala Muhammed Airport or when you get to Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport.

“The final authority is the man at the point of entry – immigration officers there. For instance, you can come to the Embassy here, we ask for all the things you need to get the visa.

“How much do you have that we feel will be enough for you to stay in Nigeria for the period you’re going.

“May be as at that time, you were able to show us evidence that you have a thousand dollars which we feel will be enough for you to stay in Nigeria.

“By the time you get to Murtala Muhammed Airport, the man at that end there asked you, all you have to show to him is 100 dollars, definitely, he might turn you back, and that’s normal.

Mr. Balogun also said Nigerians are restricted from entering the U.S. because they failed to meet other required procedures.

“Then there are other things. What manner of visa did you collect to come to the United States?

“For instance, a pregnant woman who comes to the United States on visiting visa will probably be turned back at the point of entry because she does not have a medical visa.

“You are coming in on a visiting visa and the immigration man sees you pregnant. Naturally, he will turn you back.

“Even if you have the medical visa, they want to know if you have medical insurance; do you have your medical documents for you to be able to come and use their medical facilities here.

“So these are issues. Nigeria is not being singled out. We are not one of those countries that have been mentioned. We are definitely not one of them.”

(NAN)


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  • amazing2012

    Otile over to you!

    • Julius

      Naaa, the delusional fake intellectual won’t get involve because he can’t blame Imam, Buhari and the Yorubas on the topic. He might find a way of doing that tho.

      • Otile

        Abdul,
        I don’t owe you and your fellow-moslem anything. Leave me alone. Islamic terrorists.

        • Julius

          Faggot, answer the dude’s question.

          • Otile

            Moslems like you know more about faggot than anybody else. You must be a faggot yourself hence you are constantly repeat the word faggot faggot faggot faggot.

  • Mskate

    @amazing2012:disqus

    Advice for ABIKE Dabiri

    Abike Dabiri, the market woman who dabbles in diplomacy
    should read this informed opinion of a professional Nigerian diplomat
    so as to stop fouling the air by inflicting herself with ignorance on the public.
    Diplomacy is a profession founded on protocols, treaties, laws and conventions.
    Abike Dabiri is blank on all scores but insists that her daft opinion should count too.

    • Emeka K Duru

      Whilst I agree that Ms Abike Dabiri was too hasty in her pronouncement, one wonders why the Nigerian diploma t is only speculative on what might be responsible? Why is the embassy not the the last bastion of the Nigerian traveller?Why don’t they know the specific reason/so?

      • Olaola

        How can you know the reason? The specific reason is only known to the US govt and it is at the discretion to divulge such information. Also, every case is different, the man just gave examples of possible scenarios.

  • Olaola

    Brilliantly articulated. Visa is not a guarantee of entry into any country.

    • Julius

      Maybe they should have let the people know that !

      • john

        They do. It’s in the fine print. Which we don’t read.

        • Julius

          lol, well I agree that we don’t read the fine print but, they ought to try and inform the public.

          • Walter

            They inform people. Go to the immigration website. They have everything in print.

  • Julius

    Hogwash ! why didn’t you let the citizens know all that before they board a plane coming to the U S ?

    • Peter_Edo

      we should just jejely help our Nija to become better in every sphere we find ourselves… push for excellence and above par in our actions…

      • thusspokez

        …push for excellence…

        You could contribute to this process by start calling the country NIGERIA and not Nija.

        • Peter_Edo

          That has no bearing! As a matter of fact Nija which was likely coined by Nigerians is more preferred and we can rock it vis a vis The Oyimbo contrived Nigeria. But anyways that’s all semantics. I am talking REAL contributions!

          • thusspokez

            You want to replace the “Oyimbo contrived” name “Nigeria” with your corrupt version of the same “Oyimbo contrived” name? How does that make any sense?

          • Peter_Edo

            at least it would be OURS!!! but like i said, forget semantics, do your own work as excellent as you can and i too will do my own, if we all imbibe that attitude, our Nija or Nigeria (as you like am) will be better!

          • thusspokez

            at least it would be OURS!!!

            It would still originate from the “Oyimbo contrived Nigeria”, from which you had contrived your Nija. I don’t know why you are still arguing and repeating yourself. Can’t you see that your argument does not make sense? Or like too many Nigerians, you are devoid of critical thinking skills?

          • Peter_Edo

            You stubborn sha, ok call am wettin you wan call am, as long as you strive for excellence!

          • thusspokez

            It is called debating sha!

      • Julius

        I agree, we need some patriots as leaders in this country. The people we have now are mainly working for themselves their cronies and their families and it doesn’t matter where they come from , they are all the same. We should also stop being too negative about everything. It’s our responsible to question and criticize the government but we must do it without malice, name calling and insults. I really don’t care where the president comes from as long as he or she is making the life better for all of us. I do finish spending my kobo.

        • Otile

          Nobody is impressed by your unwanted exaggerations, and self-promotion. Stop lying to be what you are not. You are an empty head and nobody, that is all. The other day you were bragging how you were going to Onitsha for your ex-girlfriend’s wedding, that you needed me to be your baggage carrier and would be paying me $500.00/day in American money. What prevented you from going? Last week you also bragged that you have 2 hummers and NE blizzards have no power over you and you can drive through ice blocks/rocks. Why are making all these_foolish claims about yourself?

          • Julius

            You are a lazy born liar. I responded to a comment from wahala and I never said I have 2 Hummers…good thing is wahala can attest to that and I hope he does. Faggot, you should have took me up on my offer to drive me around for 2 weeks then you will know if its true or not. I know shame didn’t let you. I never had a girlfriend anywhere near biafraud land. If you are making things up, do it correctly. I went to a family wedding. Otile, I’ll let you know when I’m coming home and you can still be my driver but, you can’t wear high heels tho. Deal ?

          • Otile

            What city did visit in Japan, when did you visit Nigeria last? Post the pages of your passport to prove yourself right, stop lying to your soul. Holy Wahala cannot vouch for you because he does not know whether you have one hummer or two or you have sold them off as you drug dealers often do. See how you lie and contradict yourself, in that bogus claim you have friends in what you call biafraud, so you must be a fraudster to come back all the way from US to attend a family wedding in biafraud where you slept, drank and ate with your enemies and friends in biafraud. You are a fraudster indeed. You don’t have anything to gain by telling these lies and exaggerations, nobody is impressed.

          • Julius

            Yessssss, you are a worthless fag..see you acting like a woman ! lolz.. You are actually asking me those questions, expecting me to post pages of my passport for you ? Lord, you need help

    • thusspokez

      Hogwash ! why didn’t you let the citizens know all that before they board a plane coming to the U S ?

      It is your responsibility to do your homework — not the Nigerian embassy staff’s.

      Next you would be demanding that the Nigerian embassy staff provide you with a list of US schools and their admission policies; list of US shops and payment methods they accept or list of hotels in the USA and their room prices?

      • Julius

        Genius, I honestly wish you would know what you are talking about before flexing your jaw muscle. I traveled to Japan 2 years ago . My congressman office explained to me the dos and dont’s with Japanese immigration, gave me the U S embassy phone # in Japan and my going about in the country. I did that a week before my flight. A friend advised me to do that and I was glad that I did. Now genius maybe we should have something like that or maybe a printout given to the travelers.

        • thusspokez

          My congressman office explained to me the dos and dont’s with Japanese immigration, gave me the U S embassy phone # in Japan and my going about in the country

          Stop telling lies. Your congressman couldn’t have provided you such information because US congressmen and congresswomen are not part of the state department or White House or both who would be the ones with the means to provide you travel details abroad.

          Besides, there are lots of travel websites with real-time information on various countries; their entry requirements, their security levels, etc., It takes only a few minutes to find out about entry requirements on any of the travel websites.

          • Julius

            Why do I know that my comment will be way over your head ? Because, as soon as I posted it I knew the only comment you can make is exactly the uninformed nonsense that just said. I don’t know where you are and in what state but, do me a favour, go to your Senate or congressman/woman office and ask them if they will assits you with some info because you are traveling to a particular country. Come back and let me know what happened. Genius,they will also assist you with immigration issues. Sorry pal, I don’t trust those websites info and I have my reasons but. do what I ask you.

          • thusspokez

            …go to your Senate or congressman/woman office and ask them if they will assits you with some info because you are traveling to a particular country.

            They must think that you are very lazy or an illiterate or too stúpid to visit the state department website or the hundreds of websites — not just in the US but across the world — with selections of travel information.

            As if US legislators don’t have important things to do. But yeah, when next, you lose your car keys, go to your legislators’ office and ask them to help you find it.

          • Julius

            Hummmm, seems like you not gonna do your assignment. I understand. They are there to serve their constituent/ voters . Why do you think they have local or neighborhood offices ?

          • Otile

            It is very irritating how you always display abysmal ignorance when you make comments. Why not read the articles, read other people’s comments and try to learn something. Must you comment?

        • Otile

          You are a damned lair. You went to Japan 2 years ago my foot. All over United States there are China Towns and Japanese quarters, you cannot go to one of those and claim you went to Japan. The Japanese embassy has all the information you need to travel to Nipon, the Congressional office only steps in when you have trouble, liar. Likely you wanted to carry your drug to Japan and they turned you down, then you went to your congressman’s office and they gave you some documents. Japan is not the same as Indonesia where you can carry your drug and pass and they leave you because you their fell Muslim. Abdul, e gbo mi nko?

          • Julius

            Otileeeeeeeee, da hell are you getting into a conversation about where there is no abuse of Umam, Buhari and the Yorubas for ? This is over your head fag. Ain’t you the moron that said you can get a U S visa for a known convicted drug dealers ? And you want to engage me in a conversation about where I went ? Nahh, that ain’t happening,you are too dense for that. Stick to what you do the best.

          • Otile

            Why are you raving like a lunatic. Talk sense, stop lying to your soul.

          • Julius

            Loser, you lost again ! You can’t keep up with me faggot, you are simply too SLOW !!…

          • Otile

            …you are simply too SLOW !!… Go to night school and get some education, you are a disgrace to yourself.

          • Julius

            If you do not know what it means just ask and I’ll tell you. Yes, you are SLOW !!