There are indications that the numerous obstacles that the evacuated Nigerians confronted from immigration officials at the airport in South Africa would seem to have a strategic finish-match of a travel ban.
Newswatch.ng reports that the to start with batch of Nigerians who were being evacuated from South Africa on the again of xenophobic assaults towards foreign nationals and specially Nigerians arrived thee region amidst cheers and smiles.
It was learnt that the South African Foreign Affairs ministry observed the evacuation as “a yellow card to Nigeria-South Africa relations”, hence the imposition of a biometric capture of all returning individuals.
Some officers reported that the biometric exercise which observed the cancellation of South African visas possessed by the Nigerians, was instituted to blacklist the evacuated Nigerians.
An formal informed Punch, “When you are evacuating your citizens from a state, it is like sending a strong concept to that country about your relations with them. No country would be pleased with the evacuation of foreign nationals from its territory.
“South Africans ended up really strategic. We arrived at Joburg by 6.15 am. The intention was to go away by 9 am, but just after clearing about 85 out of the 313 who have been scheduled for airlifting, they insisted they should really do biometric seize for individuals who ended up willing to go away.
“So, they had to appear down from the airplane and start the clearance approach afresh. Now, there are reviews that if they capture your biometrics and you leave, you won’t be allowed into South Africa once more or you may perhaps be barred from browsing for at least 10 years.
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“So, some Nigerians who planned to appear to Nigeria to relax for some time and then go again sooner or later decided to remain back again for panic of remaining barred from visiting South Africa, where they have investments and family members.”
A Nigerian foreign affairs ministry disclosed that about 135 Nigerians decided to continue to be back again subsequent the new situations imposed by the immigration authorities.
He mentioned, “The immigration requested all those who were travelling with little ones to existing letters of consent from their spouses. If they didn’t have the consent letter, they would not enable the children to leave with the mother.
“Initially, it was 313 individuals who have been billed to occur back with the flight, but 135 went back again. They provided people who ended up travelling with small children without the need of letters of consent and people who did not want to do the biometrics so that they would not be barred from returning to South Africa all over again.