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UK To Slam Tough Visa Restrictions On Nigerian Students, Others

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The Liz Truss-led British government has stated that migrants from Nigeria bring the most relatives to the United Kingdom as dependants.

According to the Times UK, the UK Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, disclosed that the government was considering tightening the rules on dependants.

NaijaWhisper reports that the Home Office immigration figures had showed an inconsistency across different nationalities coming to the UK to work and study.

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Analysis from the Home Office report shows that Nigerians accounted for 40% of all dependants who accompanied foreign students in the 12 months to June 2022- despite Nigerian students making up just 7% of all foreign students in that period.

34,000 Nigerians were given study visas in the UK, bringing with them a total of 31,898 dependants. A similar ratio was recorded for work visas, with 8,972 Nigerians issued with one in the 12 months to June bringing with them 8,576 dependants.

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By comparison, the figures show that 93,049 Indian students who came to the UK last year brought with them 24,916 dependants, while 114,837 Chinese students came to Britain with 401 dependants.

It said: “There were 117,965 grants to Indian nationals in the year ending June 2022, an increase of 80,569 (+215%) compared to 2019. Chinese nationals were the second most common nationality granted Sponsored study visas in the year ending June 2022, with 115,056 visas granted, 4% lower than the number seen in 2019 (119,825).”

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“In the other top 5 nationalities, Nigerian nationals saw the largest relative increase in Sponsored Study grants compared with 2019, increasing by 57,545 (+686%) to a record high of 65,929, making them the third largest nationality group in the latest year,” Home office said.

A Home Office official told Daily Mail: “This is the highest on record in our time series, with the substantial increase representing both a recovery from lower numbers during the Covid-19 pandemic but also an increase on the pre-pandemic period.”

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NaijaWhisper reports that Nigerians leave the country in droves in search of better living conditions.

‘Japa’, which is the term used by Nigerians to describe leaving the country, is now a common word used on social media platforms.

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Video Of Singer Teni During National Award Sparks Mixed Reactions

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Nigerian singer, Teniola Apata, popularly known as Teni, has sparked mixed reactions online for not shaking President Muhammadu Buhari during the National honour.

NaijaWhisper earlier reported that Buhari on Tuesday conferred some Nigerian citizens and foreigners with national honours.

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The event was held at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja. This follows the release of the final list of persons proposed for various distinguished honours.

Among those conferred with honour include Teni who was conferred with the honour of Member of the Order of The Niger MON, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Amina Mohammed UN Deputy Secretary General who bagged Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON, media mogul Mo Abudu and many other prominent Nigerians.

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Before or after the conferment, participants were expected to give a handshake to the president, however, Teni ignored the norm.

In the video making the rounds online, Teni walked to the president when her name was called, took the award and walked away.

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This however sparked mixed reactions online as many termed Teni’s action disrespectful while others said, Buhari didn’t offer her a handshake.

afizmosope wrote: “I never knew Teni could decend so low to this level. Whoever defend her action here for whatever reason need to be reexamined. If you’re from Yoruba extraction and you’re defending this for whatever reason like I previously affirmed, your background and how you grew up needed to be investigated. Was she forced to come receive a National Award? Why not decline its acceptance rather than this kinda attitude?”

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@thatopboy wrote: “Teni no send una president oooo. Love it… na weyrey plenty pass for this app, if she shaked him ( na wahala), she no still shake am,na still wahala”

@sleeksparrow wrote: “Actually, he didn’t extend his hands to shake her”

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@onyxthetyga wrote: “A proud member of the coconut head generation.”

@Appetizer80kg wrote: “Imagine shaking and shinning teeth with someone that’s after my life.”

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@Twistersife wrote: “Teni commot there sharp sharp because she fit provoke deck am blow”

@onyxthetyga wrote: “A proud member of the coconut head generation.”

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@Appetizer80kg wrote: “Imagine shaking and shinning teeth with someone that’s after my life.”

@Twistersife wrote: “Teni commot there sharp sharp because she fit provoke deck am blow”

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@deeeeyee1 wrote: “Same thing asa did the last time she was entertaining them buhari.. I think it the way to go now so they will feel the heat also”

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Presidency warns Peter Obi not to create tension with ‘silent arrest’ comments

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The presidency has dismissed remarks by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, that some of his supporters have been “silently” arrested by security agencies.

There were reports last week on social media that Department of State Services (DSS) officials allegedly arrested Joseph Onuorah who flew in from France to attend the October 1 rally organised by Obi’s supporters in Lagos.

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Subsequently, Obi condemned the alleged incident in a series of tweets.

But a source at the state house said Onuorah was only “intercepted” at the Lagos airport for a matter that concerned him and not because he is an Obi supporter.

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“The democratic process in Nigeria is free and fair and all candidates – whether those from the established parties or minor ones – have the absolute constitutional and God-given right to campaign openly and without hindrance,” the insider said.

“What is also the case is that anyone who breaks the law – whether they are a supporter of the government party or opposition – must be held to account for their actions.

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“If, for instance, opposition parties’ supporters damage private property in the course of a campaign, march or rally, should they not be held to account if, for instance, governing party supporters defame an opposition figure should they not be held to account? Of course, they all should.

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“What is however known about a Labour Party member who was bailed by the party’s chairman in Lagos State is that on 30/09/22, one Joseph Chimezie ONUORAH, Passport No: A12553760, arrived Nigeria aboard Air France.

“He was intercepted about 22.30 hours at the E wing of MMIA Lagos by the Nigerian Immigration Service, at the instance of the Lagos State Police Investigation Bureau for an investigation that concerned him.”

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The source said the claim was baseless and that statements of fiction are not good for democracy.

“Accusations that individuals have been ‘silently arrested’ – and no one, frankly, knows what that description is supposed to mean – is an example of a statement made by a politician without any known foundation with the express intention of raising the temperature in this electoral contest,” the insider said.

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The source added that politicians have a duty to “refrain from making statements or accusations that could lead to the raising of tensions and make the prospect of aggressive physical behaviour more likely”.

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Yahoo Boy Turns Pastor, Says He Wants To Win Souls For Christ

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A young man simply known as Moses has revealed that he’s a former internet fraudster (Yahoo Boy) who is now a pastor. The 22-year-old shared the story of how he gave his life to Christ and became born again after years of defrauding people. In an interview with journalist, Lucky Udu, Moses said he became a yahoo boy as a means to get money to take care of himself while he was still in school.

According to him, at the time when he started, he was a photographer but he changed his business account to another account befitting for a fraudster. As fate would have it, his as an internet fraudster was short-lived as he encountered God and decided to change his ways. The young man says he is currently focused on how winning souls for God.

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In his words; “My name is Moses. I used to Yahoo boy but today by God’s grace, I am a born-again Christian and a pastor. I want to use my ministry to win souls of this generation for Christ.

“It all began in 2019 when I entered into school. I needed money for upkeep and other things. While talking to people, they told me about what’s fetching guys money. I asked them how does this work and they told me about yahoo”.

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