Truth behind UAE-VISA Suspension Revealed

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Truth behind UAE-VISA Suspension Revealed
Truth behind UAE-VISA Suspension Revealed

Truth behind UAE-VISA Suspension Revealed

The viral post on social media that reports that United Arab Emirates (UAE) suspended issuance of visa to Nigerians is fake.

No need to panic because that was the handwork of fake news merchants.

The reports which emanated from Twitter have been denied by an official of the UAE embassy in Nigeria who spoke to TheCable on Tuesday.

‘THE HUSHPUPPI EFFECT’

TheCable traced the fake news to a twitter user account @Drewbaba, who asserted that UAE’s decision to suspend visa issuance to Nigerians is as a result of the “Hushpuppi effect”, with regards to the Nigerian recently arrested in Dubai for alleged fraud.

Truth behind UAE-VISA Suspension Revealed

Raymond Igbalode, whose nickname is Hushpuppi was arrested in June, alongside some other Nigerians, including Olalekan Ponle, also known as Woodbery.

The suspects were arrested for crimes allegedly committed outside the UAE, which includes money laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, impersonation, scamming individuals and identity theft worth Dh1.6 billion (an estimated N168 billion).

Considering fears that Hushpuppi’s arrest could dent Nigerian’s image, the Twitter user tweeted on Sunday that the UAE has restricted the renewal and issuance of various forms of visa to Nigerians.

Truth behind UAE-VISA Suspension Revealed

According to the twitter user, in addition to withholding visa issuance and renewal, the Middle-Eastern country also restricted approving permanent residency and tourist visa for Nigerians.

“All formerly issued visa is invalid,” the user also said, adding that “all visas for those currently in UAE will expire next week”.

He further added that those stranded should contact a particular number for further assistance.

Truth behind UAE-VISA Suspension Revealed
Truth behind UAE-VISA Suspension Revealed

Truth behind UAE-VISA Suspension Revealed

The tweet which was made on Sunday has since gone viral, yielding more than 5,000 reactions. As an outcome, people are panicking as a result of this.

But speaking to TheCable over the phone on Tuesday, an UAE embassy official in Nigeria said that there is no such policies issued by the country.

The official further said that the UAE still issues and renews visa for Nigerians, adding.

There is also no such information published either on the embassy’s website or on that of the UAE naturalisation, residency, and ports (NRP) department.

 

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