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Deported Nigerians didn’t fulfill entry conditions – Saudi government 

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Wednesday stated that Nigerians denied entry into Saudi Arabia on November 12 did not fulfill the entry conditions and requirements of entering the country. 

Some Nigerians were turned back by Saudi authorities on landing in Jeddah while 18 of them were also banned from Saudi Arabia for various offences committed in the past.

However, the House of Representatives has launched an investigation into the matter to unearth the circumstances surrounding the development. 

But the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Abuja in a statement issued Wednesday night in Abuja also stated  the importance of following the procedures and laws enacted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for all visitors. 

“The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Abuja would like to clarify the media reports and Social Media releases concerning the deportation of Nigerian citizens at the point of entry into the Kingdom.

“The passengers who were denied entry, and subsequently deported to their initial destinations, didn’t fulfill the entry conditions and requirements in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations of the Kingdom, as they submitted incorrect information to obtain a category of visa that doesn’t apply to them, which was discovered upon their arrival.

“The Royal Embassy would like to stress the importance of following the procedures and laws enacted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for all visitors. Furthermore, all passengers should review all the documents to determine their conformity with the conditions prior to departing from their countries to the Kingdom. This procedure was not limited to Nigerian citizens only, but to citizens of other countries,”  the embassy said. 

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