The Federal Government has directed it missions to adopt strict visa issuance policy, in order to tighten security.
The directive followed the failed attempt by the Chief Imam of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Ahmed Al-Assir, to enter Nigeria. Visa applicants from marked areas will, henceforth, be subjected scrutiny, sources said.
Security agencies have already stepped up probe into Al-Assir’s possible contacts in Nigeria.
A government source, on Saturday, August 22, said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has directed all Nigerian missions abroad to “be strict with visa.”
“The end of carefree issuance of visa is gone, all the missions have been directed to subject applicants to thorough screening before they can enter Nigeria,” a source said.
“Special attention will be paid to ISIS prone areas and allies in some countries. We have records of the operation areas and affiliates of ISIS.
“Those coming from suspected areas will henceforth provide comprehensive details of their contacts, hosts and itinerary to the Nigerian Immigration Service(NIS).
“These are preemptive measures we have in place pending the conclusion of investigation into the visa row of Al-Assir.”
It was also learnt that security agencies have been analyzing the preliminary report from the Nigerian Embassy in Lebanon on how the ISIS Chief Imam obtained visa with a fake Palestinian passport.