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The Federal Government has encouraged Nigerians to respect the immigration laws of other countries to avoid “unwarranted treatment”.

A viral video of Nigerians reportedly stranded at the Dubai International Airport surfaced on social media on Wednesday with a Twitter user, @dunchichi saying at least 20 Nigerians were stuck at the airport and their passports seized.

Many Nigerians reacted sharply, criticising the treatment of the travellers.

In her intervention, the Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa said despite being warned on the new visa rules of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for certain age categories, some Nigerians tried to “circumvent” the regulations.

Also in a statement by its spokesperson, Francisca Omayuli, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Nigerians who were stranded in Dubai were issued family visas, but arrived the UAE without any family member in the country.

“Consequently, they were denied entry and advised to return to their country and apply for the appropriate visas”, Omayuli said.

“However, those persons allowed entry into the country have their family members in the UAE, while those who claimed their family members were on another flight were told to wait at the airport pending their arrival.

“The general public is invited to note and be guided that the Government of the UAE has introduced a new visa regime and has stopped issuing tourist visas to persons under the age of 40 years, except for those applying for family visas.

“It is, therefore, instructive for prospective visa applicants to indicate clearly their visa preferences without any ambiguity and also respect the immigration laws of other countries so as to avoid unwarranted treatments”.

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