On Tuesday, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) revealed that it may reciprocate the visa ban and restriction imposed on Nigeria by other countries.
Mohammed Babandede, the Comptroller-General of the NIS, said this while explaining the new visa policy that was launched by the President Buhari earlier in the year and also reacting to the inclusion of Nigeria by the US to its list of countries with visa restrictions.
Recall that the US had also introduced reciprocity fees for Nigerians thereby nearly doubling the cost of obtaining a visa based on the premise that Americans seeking Nigerian visa were paying too much to secure it.
Speaking wwith Signature50 Magazine, Babandede stated that Nigeria also has the right to dictate who it allows in or restricts entry from. He said, “I can tell you that US is a country, it is a nation like Nigeria. They have the right to restrict who will enter their territory or not just like we can restrict US citizen or whomsoever from entering Nigeria.
“So they have the right, but I want people to know that Visa restriction is not a Visa ban, it is a ban for people who want to take residency not people who want to go for short visits.
“You are aware that President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR just launched a new visa policy for Nigeria, the visa policy has 79 classes of visa. So, we will be in a position to say to countries, if you allow us for short visits we will allow you for short visits and if you stop us from other visits, we do the same, because the new visa policy is based on reciprocity.
“So, we will test this for a year and see those who reciprocate and we take actions for those who do otherwise.”
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