Visa ban on Nigerians lifted by UAE after Tinubu’s historic visit

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted the visa ban it imposed on Nigerian travellers in October 2022, following a meeting between President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria and President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the UAE in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The visa ban was reportedly a response to Nigeria’s inability to repatriate billions of dollars in trapped funds from the UAE, as well as security concerns over some Nigerian nationals involved in criminal activities in the Gulf country.

According to a statement by Presidential Spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale, the historic agreement reached by the two leaders has resulted in the immediate cessation of the visa ban and the restoration of flight activity through the two airlines.

In addition, he said that President Tinubu successfully negotiated a joint foreign exchange liquidity programme between the two governments, which will be announced in detail in the coming weeks.

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