The outgoing British High Commissioner to Nigeria. Mr Paul Arkwright has cautioned Nigerians seeking visas to the UK to avoid presenting forged documents.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, Arkwright warned that anyone caught flouting the rule would be denied entry into the UK for at least 10 years.
“I know there is a feeling in Nigeria that we refuse visas more often than we accept them. That is not the case.
“We are not trying to keep Nigerians out but it is important Nigerians stick to the rules when they are there in the same way that you in Nigeria would expect British people to obey the rules here.
Sadly, there are a few Nigerians who provide forged documents. We know when a document is forged and that is an automatic 10-year ban.”
He said that the British High Commission received about 80, 000 visa applications annually, adding that about 70 per cent of those applications were successful.
He said that 90 per cent of visa applications were from students wanting to study in the UK. (NAN)