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U.S Imposes New Visa Charges, Blames Nigerian Govt For Decision

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The United States of America (USA) has increased the cost of visa application for Nigerians.

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This increase in visa fee has come at a time when the Nigerian-US relations has been hit by the infamous arrest of 77 Nigerians by the FBI over internet fraud-related crimes.

The US consulate, however, has denied reports going around that the increase is as a result of the fraud scandal.

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The US consulate asserted that the increase is a retaliation against the Nigerian government for increasing visa fee for Americans coming to Nigeria.

According to the statement, Nigerians will be required to pay a fee called visa ‘issuance fee’, or ‘reciprocity fee’, for all applications for nonimmigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa classifications.

The issuance/reciprocity fee is different from the application fees as this will be charged in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee.

 

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The fees, however, are non-refundable, and their amounts vary based on visa classification.

“The reciprocity fee will be required for all Nigerian citizens worldwide, regardless of where they are applying for a nonimmigrant visa to the United States.

“The reciprocity fee is required for each visa that is issued, which means both adults and minors whose visa applications are approved will be charged the reciprocity fee.

“The fee can only be paid at the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Consulate General. The reciprocity fee cannot be paid at banks or any other location,” the statement read in part.

Under this new policy, Nigerian citizens whose applications for a nonimmigrant visa are denied will not be charged the new reciprocity fee.

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BREAKING: NBC Sanctions AIT, Channels, AriseTV Over Lekki Shooting

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BREAKING: NBC Sanctions AIT, Channels, AriseTV Over Lekki Shooting
BREAKING: NBC Sanctions AIT, Channels, AriseTV Over Lekki Shooting

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Three Nigerian television broadcasting media houses have been fined a sum of nine million Naira (N9,000,000) by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC over the coverage of the nationwide #EndSARS protest against police brutality.

Channels Television, AIT and Arise TV were each awarded an N3m fine over “unprofessional coverage” of the EndSARS protests across the nation.

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The declaration was announced during a press conference on Monday, October 26 at the federal capital territory, Abuja, by the acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba.

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Shehu Sani Reacts As FG Considers Giving Electricity To Chad

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Shehu Sani Mocks FG Poverty Alleviation Scheme
Shehu Sani Mocks FG Poverty Alleviation Scheme

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Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has described the plan of the Federal Government to export electricity to Chad as absurd.

In a report circulated by PUNCH, it is believed that the federal government is considering supplying electricity to the Republic of Chad following a recent request by the neighboring country.

This follows a statement by the government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria that a meeting was held last week to discuss the possibilities of connecting the neighboring country.

Also Read: Nigerians Reacts As FG Considers Giving Electricity To Chad

The report has led to widespread condemnation of the government by Nigerians, querying how a country that doesn’t have stable electricity plans to export the little it generates.

Reacting to the report, the former lawmaker wrote:

“The idea of the FG exporting electricity to Chad in the midst of our ‘national darkness’ is absurd.”

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NASS Will Secure Justice For Police Brutality Victims, Ensure Five-Point Demands Are Implemented – Lawan

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SARS has been disbanded, no need to continue the protest – Senate President, Lawan
NASS Will Secure Justice For Police Brutality Victims, Ensure Five-Point Demands Are Implemented – Lawan

Ahmad Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has assured that the National Assembly will get justice for victims of police brutality.

Lawan said the legislature will collaborate with the executive to ensure that rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are probed.

The lawmaker, in a statement on Monday, noted that the government has shown a commitment to implement the five-point demands of the #EndSARS protesters.

“I want to seize this opportunity to re-assure our youths that the National Assembly will collaborate with the Executive to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police.

“In the same vein, to discourage impunity, we will insist that the perpetrators of the alleged abuses be prosecuted and sanctioned as appropriate.”

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He condoled with the victims of the reprehensible violence and criminality witnessed in the last few days in many parts of the country.

“I send my condolences to the families of our security and law enforcement agents who have made the supreme sacrifices in the course of their service to their fatherland.

He, however, condemned the arson, violence, and looting in several parts of the country.

“I also call for a thorough investigation of every criminal act that we have witnessed in the past few weeks with a view to bringing to justice all those elements who have so callously destroyed public and private property”.

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