Nigerian immigration officials Monday night denied entry to 28 South African nationals in what appeared to be a retaliatory move following the deportation of 125 Nigerian passengers from South Africa, who had arrived onboard an Arik Air flight last weekend.
South Africa last Friday deported 125 Nigerians from the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johanesburg after denying them entry into the country for allegedly possessing fake yellow fever certificates. The Federal Government frowned at the action.
The South African government has however not issued any formal communication concerning the incident.
The 28 South African nationals had arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos aboard a South African Airways flight at about 9.30pm.
A source said: “The Federal Government decided to deny these 28 South Africans entry because of invalid documents and relevant health certificate clearance.
“We are also deporting them back to South Africa. The Presidency has been notified of this action.
“We will no longer overlook certain procedures which we have condoned in the spirit of African brotherhood.”
Earlier yesterday, Nigeria had threatened to retaliate South Africa’s maltreatment of Nigerians.
The Federal Government also summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Kingsley Mambolo.
Besides, the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olugbenga Ashiru, to appear before it today to clarify Nigeria’s relationship with other African countries.
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, asked the Federal Government to apply the principle of reciprocity in dealing with South Africa.
Mambolo was at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explain why South Africa maltreated Nigerian travellers last Friday.