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Asaba 2018: Immigration official sheds light on African athletes delay at Lagos airport

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Some African athletes experienced delay at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, following their failure to make online payments for their visas on arrival, an official said.

Report says the athletics are participating in the ongoing 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba, Delta.

A top official of the Nigeria Immigration Service, who pleaded anonymity, made the disclosure on Thursday in Lagos.



The official told newsmen that the athletics did not make the required online payment for their visas before coming into Nigeria.

The source said that passports of the athletes, who are from Kenya, Burundi and other African countries, were also collected to put in their visa stickers after payment to show that they had entered Nigeria.

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According to the official source, a lot of them came in at once and none of them can pay for visa on arrival, which is a policy of the Federal Government.

“As you know, we don’t collect cash at immigration any longer.

“The Local Organising Committee was not able to make the payment, because it did not make enough preparation toward their arrival into Nigeria.

“They all came at once and New Works, which is our technical partner, had to generate ID and reference number for each and every one of them to make the payment easier.

“But, as they were not able to generate the payment, instead of delaying them and keep them at the airport until when the payment is done, we collected their passports.

“So, when the payment is done, we put the visas and stickers on their passports and return it to the organising committee,” the official told newsmen.

The source said that even after the athletes were allowed to go, some of them had issues at the local airport on getting flights to Asaba.

Report has it that the visa on arrival policy by Nigeria began in 2012 with Kenya and a few African countries.

It came into full stream with the introduction of the Ease-of-Doing-Business Policy by Federal Government in May 2017.

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Expect sack over N30,000 minimum wage -Governors warns

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Nigerian governors have rejected the proposed increase of N30,000 minimum wage,  unless the organised labour wants its members to be sacked.



Adding that, the 36 States rejected it because they will run bankrupt if they accept to pay the workers that amount. 

On Wednesday, The chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ summon its members on emergency meeting in Abuja calling on the Federal Government to agree to their demand by reviewing the national revenue allocation formula.

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The chairman, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, told the newsmen that a new committee would be raised to meet with President over this issue.

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The committee members who are nominated to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari includes governor of Enugu,Bauchi,Akwa Ibom,Plateau,Kebbi,Lagos and Kaduna.

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Yari said, he hopes the committees engagement with  President will make everybody happy if an agreement is reached.

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Police arrests 19 year old in possession of human parts.

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A 19-year-old man, Sunday Owo, was on Thursday apprehended with fresh human parts at a healing home in Awka, Anambra State.

Owo was caught with genital organs, fingers and blood-filled bottle of a child suspected to have been killed by the man.



The suspect, who was apprehended at the instance of the Proprietor of the healing home, Mrs Ifeanyichukwu Ilonzo, told reporters that he hailed from Ohaukwu in Ebonyi.

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He said he was asked by one Blessing to get the human parts and bring them to a natural healing home in Awka for money ritual.

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He said that he paid Blessing N50, 000 for connecting him to the healing home.

Owo confessed that the victim whose parts he had was about four years and that he killed him in a stream in his town and threw the head and other parts into the stream.

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