NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 MAY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Wednesday, 16 May, 2018.

Wed, 16 May 2018
Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom are some of the countries with the most expensive visa fees, Daily Trust investigations have shown.
This is apart from long bureaucratic tapes and multiple scrutinies applicants face in the hands of consular and security agencies. 

 
United States citizens pay as much as $270 for a single-entry visa, our findings have revealed. The US nationals are charged $160 for consular services, another $100 for administration, and $10 for processing.   
According to data obtained from the website of the Nigeria Immigration Services (NIS), Nigeria charges nationals of Bangladesh $253 for visa application, Belize ($200), Chile ($200), India ($253), Indonesia ($245), Ireland ($170), Israel ($169), UAE ($150), South Africa ($58), United Kingdom ($144), China ($64), and Malaysia ($6).
The Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Sunday James, however, told Daily Trust that he was not aware that the country’s visa was among the most expensive.
“I’m not aware that our visa is on the high side,” he said when asked for explanations on why Nigeria’s visa application fees are high.
114,958 visas issued in 2017
Though Nigeria can’t be classified as a high-end tourist destination, data from the website of NIS indicates foreigners are trooping into the country. A total of 114,958 different classes of visas were issued in 2017 alone, the NIS said.
Nigerian missions in the United States of America, United Kingdom, and China recorded the highest number of visas issued. 
For the Chinese, the high rate of their influx may be connected to the multiple numbers of capital projects they are executing across the country.
UK-London led with 15,304 followed by USA-Washington DC with 15,120 visas issued. China - Beijing had 14,314; South-Africa - Pretoria, 10,047; Johannesburg 5,346; Berlin - Germany 5,454; Paris-France 5,383; Stockholm- Sweden 3,711; The Hague - Netherlands 4,984; Berne- Switzerland 1,841.
Also following the ease of doing the business policy of the government, 22,620 visas on arrival were issued last year.
The NIS said it made a gross revenue of N35.7 billion from passport fees, residence permit extension of visitors pass, ECOWAS/AA address verification and non-refundable passport admin charges during the year.
It also said $27.3 million was realised from visa and passport fees at foreign missions. 
Most expensive visas 
Saudi Arabia is one of the countries with the most expensive visas in Nigeria. A visa costs about SR2, 000 (N200,000) for a single entry, while the multiple-entry visa fee is SR3,000 (N300,000) for six-month visa.
On the other hand, Malaysia has one of the lowest fees. The Asian destination of most Nigerian students, chargesN12,300 for business, student and tourist visas. 
Visa fees for the United States, United Kingdom and European countries within the Schengen Area, range between N30,000 to N100,000 (using the exchange rate of $1/N362) as application fee. 
Diplomatic missions collect fees mostly in local or foreign currency. Majority of them in Nigeria who charge in foreign currencies accept payment either in cash or into the mission’s bank account in Nigeria according to the current exchange rate. 
But foreign exchange instability forces some missions into adopting a unique exchange rate against the official N306/$1 and black market N362/$1. For instance, Consular Exchange Rate for U.S embassy is N400/$1 as of yesterday. The Egypt embassy accepts visa fee is US dollar, not local currency. 
The visa fee is not refundable if the visa is refused, regardless of the reasons for the refusal. In most cases, visa issuance fees are based on reciprocity - what Nigeria charges citizens of other countries for a similar type of visa. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, were yesterday arraigned before the Kaduna State High Court sitting in Kaduna.
The Kaduna State Government had brought a fresh 8-count charge against the IMN leader, his wife and two others for, among others, allegedly abating culpable homicide in the killing of one Corporal Dankaduna said to be in the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Buratai and for unlawful assembly.

 
The IMN leader and his wife were brought from where they were being detained in Abuja to face the case in Kaduna.
Zakzaky had refused being served with the charges some weeks earlier.
When the case was mentioned, the prosecution announced their appearance with the Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Bayero Dari.
The presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, asked for those standing trial and was told that they were within the court premises and the judge asked that they be brought in.
Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife were led into the court hall by DSS operatives, and they took their seats as the case continued.
He was wearing a neck brace and was supporting himself with a walking stick. 
Barrister Opaluwa and Barrister Maxwell Kyon announced appearance for the defense on behalf of Femi Falana, SAN.
Bayero asked for more time to enable the prosecution serve the two other persons standing trial with the Sheikh.
On their part, the defense lawyers made an oral application for bail and an unfettered access to their clients.
The court asked that the bail application be brought formally, even as it granted the request of the defense for unhindered access to their clients after an adequate notice of at least three days.
The application of the prosecution to allow the Sheikh and his wife to remain in the custody of the DSS was granted.
The case was adjourned to June 21, 2018 and the Sheikh and his wife were put in two separate SUVs and driven to Abuja.
The case lasted for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, a leader of the Shiites in Kaduna, Malam Abdulhameed Bello, said Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky was forcefully brought to Kaduna a night before the court sitting.
Addressing a press conference in Kaduna yesterday, he said IMN members were disappointed with Zakzaky’s arraignment because an Abuja High Court had ruled that he should be released unconditionally.

Wed, 16 May 2018
About 7,000 defectors from various political parties were on Monday received by the PDP in Kanam Local Government of Plateau State. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP) has elected Steve Oribamise as its gubernatorial candidate for the July 14 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
A lawmaker representing Ovia South West constituency in Edo House of Assembly, Mr Godwin Adenomo, has petitioned the house over alleged unpaid allowances amounting to over N220. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The ruling APC has expressed confidence that its mandate allegedly stolen in 2014 cannot be taken again in the July 14, 2018 governorship election. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
A group of northerners in the 17 states in the South under the aegis of Arewa Initiative for Peaceful Co-existence in Southern Nigeria, yesterday, called on the former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, to come out and declare for the presidency. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The return of IDPs to Bama in Borno State was plagued with difficulties as many not in the phased movement found their way back putting government in dire situation. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The United Kingdoms flag carrier, British Airways, is to invest 4. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
A House of Representatives ad-hoc panel yesterday threatened to issue an arrest warrant on the Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources, Mordecai Ladan, for failing to appear before it to clear the air on alleged revenue losses to the tune of N6 trillion. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) said it has executed 25 projects in the North-east to raise electricity distribution capacity and boost supply in the geopolitical zone. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
A House of Representatives panel, yesterday, asked the Managing Director of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Demola Segunle, to provide the evidence of approval by President Muhammadu Buhari for the bank to operate two accounts belonging to the Federal Ministry of Environment outside TSA. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The immediate past managing director/CEO Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC), Prof. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has called on Nigerians to desist from abusing the naira as its the symbol of the countrys pride and identity. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Television technology has come a long way, transforming not just the way we consume our entertainment, but also the formats in which media is broadcasted or streamed. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The Lagos State Government yesterday said that plans are underway to replace the artificial turf at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere and Campus Mini Stadium, Lagos Island with natural grass in preparation for the facilities to meet the required standard to host the Confederation of African Football (CAF) matches. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The secretariat of Nationwide League One (NLO) has warned clubs especially Nigeria Police sponsored clubs to desist from the use of armed police officers at league venues to intimidate opposition clubs contrary to the laws of the game. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Ten athletes and a coach who went missing during the Commonwealth Games face deportation from Australia. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Kyle Edmund continued his fine run of form on clay as he overcame Malek Jaziri to book his place in the second round of the Italian Open in Rome. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Joe Hart has been told he will not be part of Englands 23-man squad heading to the World Cup in Russia, Sky Sports News understands. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Brazil have named injured Paris St-Germain forward Neymar in their 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia. 

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