Daily Trust (Abuja)

8 August 2012

Nigeria: Charges for Expired Visa Legal - Immigration

The Nigerian Immigration Service has said that the collection of fees from Chinese and Indians who overstayed their visa in the country is legal.

The service stated this yesterday in a statement in reaction to media report suggesting that its officials were collecting $1000 each from Chinese and Indians with expired visas at the airports.

The service spokesman Joachim Olumba said, "We wish to categorically state that the collection of fees from Chinese Nationals who overstay their visa in the country is by no means illegal and exploitative as the reciprocate measure has been duly authorized by the Honorable Minister of Interior in line with extant provisions of the Immigration Act,".

"Against the background that Nigerians who overstay their visa duration have been subjected to payment of fees in China, the reciprocal action being enforced by Nigerian Immigration Service could not be rightly qualified as exploitative and illegal."

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