The Lagos traditional ruler, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has condemned the proposed £3000 visa application bond by the government on Nigeria and some other nations.
Oba Akiolu described the proposed visa application bond as “ an insult to Nigeria” and urged the British government to reconsider the proposed ban.
The traditional ruler made the remarks on Monday, in Lagos, during a five- day workshop on “Corporate Fraud :Insider Abuse in the Financial Sector and the Implication on a Growing Economy,” organised by the Special Fraud Unit, in collaboration with the City of London Police in Lagos.
Oba Akiolu said “it is unacceptable to us as a nation, we will not take it. It is a big insult on us for British to demand 3000 pounds before we can go to London. We are not criminals.”
The British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr Peter Carter, who was also present at the workshop, described the proposed visa application bond on Nigerians as a misinterpretation from the media.
Carter said that the proposed visa issue was a pilot scheme by his country, stressing that Nigeria might not be part of the countries affected by the policy and that if eventually Nigeria was among , it would be for a few applicants who were considered as “ high risk.”
“If Nigeria is involved, it will be just few individuals we regard as highest risk that would pay the money. There is no final decision yet on the matter,” the British Deputy High Commissioner said.
He continued that “we want to continue to do business with Nigeria. I encourage any interested person going to the UK to apply for visa in good time with all documentations.”