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NAPTIP denies involvement in Spanish visa denial for U-17 basketball team

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He added that the denial of visas to the Nigerian Basketball Federation contingent was entirely the responsibility of the embassy.

Dangiri noted that the team was billed to participate in the Federation of International Basketball World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain from June 22 to July 3.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons says it has no hand in the Spanish Embassy denial of travelling visas to the Nigerian Under-17 Basketball Women team.

Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri, the agency’s Acting Director-General, gave the clarification at a news conference on Friday in Abuja in reaction to the allegation that the agency was responsible for the incidence.

Dangiri explained that NAPTIP did not make any representation to the Spanish Embassy on this matter.

He added that the denial of visas to the Nigerian Basketball Federation contingent was entirely the responsibility of the embassy.

Dangiri noted that the team was billed to participate in the Federation of International Basketball World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain from June 22 to July 3.

He explained that the agency did not receive any letter from the embassy seeking clearance for the players and officials, neither did it ever write the embassy on the said matter.

Dangiri, however, identified the Nigerian Basketball Federation as the only organisation that wrote the agency informing it that the team will be participating in the competition with the departure date as June 17.

The director-general added that the letter, signed by Okeke Patrick, solicited the assistance of the agency to the team, over which the agency further urged the body to come and clarify the nature of assistance they needed.

According to him, they wrote the embassy to clarify the allegations against the agency, adding that the embassy in response told NAPTIP that the visa application was full of irregularities.

Dangiri further quoted the embassy as saying that the application came late and that the person whose signature appeared on the said application was dead.

He said: :The letter, signed by the Secretary General, requested the agency to proffer all necessary assistance “It noted that the Nigerian National U-17 Basketball Women team is participating in the FIBA Under 17 basketball world women championship in Zaragoza, Spain, from 22nd June to 3rd July.

“The agency’s officer, who was mandated to handle this, called the NBBF Secretary General requesting him to visit the agency to clarify the type of assistance needed.

“Till date, nobody came from the organisation and there was no basis to write to anybody or embassy on the matter.

“Hearing through publication that the Spanish embassy had alleged that the NBBF team was denied visas based on a letter from us, we called the embassy of Spain in Abuja to confirm the information.

“But we were told that NAPTIP had nothing to do with visa denial.

“We were also informed that the visa application was denied based on three issues.

“Which range from irregularities, the application came late and the person that signed the application was dead and could not have signed such document.”

Source : The Eagle Online

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