The United Arab Emirates authority has allegedly suspended the issuance of Direct Employment Visa to Nigerians, due to the high crime rates associated with Nigerians in the UAE.
Reports have said that the UAE police are presently fishing out more Nigerian citizens who engage in crimes, in order to make arrests and get them jailed.
According to a source, many Nigerians in Abu Dubai engage in dubious crimes, thereby, tarnishing the image of their home country.
“We all are shouting that our country is bad, and that our government is not rising to our needs, which is true, but our reputation abroad is also fast declining due to our character.
“Two weeks ago, some Nigerians killed one another for selfish reasons at Sharjah, and another one just happened here in Abu Dhabi, when some guys went to an Arab man’s house, killed him, his wife and took away a huge amount of money from them.
“The UAE government is now tracking every Nigerian in Abu Dhabi and they have also banned every Direct Employment Visa from Nigeria until further notice.”
Another Source said:
“For like one week, this city [Abu Dhabi] has been hot. They [the police] are just arresting anyone on sight now. There was a cult incident where Nigerian cult members hacked one another in an area in Abu Dhabi here. It is not easy. As of yesterday [Monday], they have put restrictions on visas for Nigerians. For now, no work permit for Nigerians in UAE generally. The crisis started from Sharjah and last week in Abu Dhabi.”
There have been reports that UAE security operatives raided the homes of many African migrants, Nigerians majorly, who lived in towns like Al Qouz, Abu Hail, Sharjah, Al Barsha, and Deira.
The Chairperson of Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, however, said the affected persons would have to dialogue with the mission in UAE for assistance.
Source: Linda Ikeji
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