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Yes, Nigeria’s federal government barred Emirates airline from operating in the country

An article posted on Facebook by Oak TV, a videography platform in Nigeria, claims that the country’s federal government has barred Emirates, a large airline, from operating there. 

This is according to a tweet by Nigeria’s aviation minister, Sirika Hadi, the article says. 

Facebook flagged the article as possibly false. But it’s correct.

Ban on countries that refuse Nigerians visas

The tweet is real and was posted on Twitter on 18 September 2020. Nigerian officials held talks with European Union officials over the ban on flights from a number of airlines, including Lufthansa, Air France and KLM Royal Ducth Airlines, the minister said. 

Emirates is the latest airline to be banned from operating in Nigeria, as the country resumes international flights. The ban is part of a policy to restrict approval to airlines from countries that allow entry to Nigerians. 

The United Arab Emirates government is currently not issuing visas to Nigerians. But talks to mend the relationship are currently underway. This is according to a number of credible news outlets.- Africa Check  


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