Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar
The Tinubu-led Federal Government has reacted to the cancellation of visas of all the 264 passengers airlifted by Air Peace on arrival in Jeddah from Kano State.
Recall that Saudi Arabia authorities, on Monday, cancelled the visas of all the 264 passengers airlifted by Air Peace on arrival to the country from Kano State.
The flight took off from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, via the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, on Sunday night and arrived in Jeddah on Monday without issues.
However, on landing, the Saudi Arabian authorities announced that all the passengers’ visas were cancelled and insisted that the airline return them to Nigeria.
In a statement on Monday night, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, stated that the federal government was investigating the matter to see if any consular or aviation rule had been violated.
Tuggar, in the statement released by his spokesman, Alkasim Abdulkadir, said the government would ensure actions that would impact the welfare of Nigerian citizens were averted in the future.
The minister added that the development was worrisome because Nigeria just participated in the Saudi-Africa Summit, where bilateral discussions covering several sectors of the economy and mutually beneficial commitments were made.