The United States Embassy in Abuja has appealed to members of the Nigerian public to assist it unmask a syndicate which specialises in selling appointment for visa interviews.
A Vice Consul in the Embassy, Nadine Johnson, said the Embassy was “very concerned” about the possibility of the existence of such a syndicate and was doing everything possible to deal with the situation.
She said this while responding to questions from journalists at the monthly press briefing at the US Embassy, in Abuja, on Wednesday.
Johnson said, “We do not charge any fee apart from the $160 dollars fees.
“We understand that because it is some type of on- line system, people may try to buy up the appointments but we don’t encourage people to do that.
“It is not our system at all, they (people) should never pay extra for it the system is free apart from the $160 fees.
“Now that this has been brought to our attention, we are working to ensure that an appointment made is for the passport number that is given, we are trying to get that clarified.”
Information Officer of the Embassy, Deborah Ann Maclean, corroborated these assertions.
According to her, a new system has been put in place to substantially reduce if not eliminate such an occurrence.
She said, prior to the new system there was no requirement matching an appointment request with personal details like passport number of the applicant.
This, she pointed out, was “how the touts were much more easily able to buy up appointment for their personal gain.
“One, we don’t do it, two, we want it stopped just as much as everybody else does, three, we are trying to stop it, four, we encourage people if they hear of these to let us know.
“And if they know of any information of organisations, business or individuals offering to buy these appointments and then selling them, let us know because that helps everyone.”
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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