United Arab Emirates bans visas for Nigerians
By Guardian Exclusive
29 July 2022 | 5:04 am
The United Arab Emirates has placed a ban on the issuance of visas to Nigerians after cult clashes between rival groups in Sharjah. This is coming days after a video surfaced on social media showing a group of men with machetes were yelling in an apartment parking lot, chasing one another, and damaging public properties.
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