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Newsline: Nigerian Ambassador To Lebanon Under Fire For Issuing Visa To ISIS Leader

The Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon, Amos Oluwole Idowu, senior officers of the embassy and some personnel of Nigeria Immigration Service might face stiffer sanctions for issuing a visa to a Lebanese terrorist, Ahmed Al Assir. It was learnt that the NIS visa officers and other officials involved in the visa roll would be summoned to the country to explain their roles in issuing a visa to the terrorist. Assir was arrested at the Beirut airport while on his way to Nigeria via Cairo, Egypt. The Federal Government had reportedly directed security agencies to investigate the lapses that enabled Assir to obtain a Nigerian visa. However, Nigerian embassy in Lebanon had reportedly denied issuing the visa to fugitive stating that Assir used fake visa in attempting to gain entrance. Assir, who is originally from Palestine, had to undergo a surgery to alter his appearance to hide his true identity from security operatives. He was linked to the death of 17 Lebanese soldiers and had been sentenced to death by a court in 2013.



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