Following a video that made rounds on social media last week in which a group of Nigerian men yelled and chased themselves around with machetes in a Sharjah apartment complex’s parking lot, damaging public properties, officials in the United Arab Emirates, it seems, have suspended the issuance of visas to Nigerians.

Although there’s not been any official confirmation to this effect, multiple sources including travel agencies and Nigerian residents in Dubai, said the development is some sort of Emirati officials’ tacit agreement.

The Sharjah incident is said to be a clash between rival Eiye and Aiye cult groups.

The clash involved men of African origin, a police statement in the aftermath of the incident said, warning residents against engaging in violence.

“The Dubai Police has arrested a group of people, who were engaged in a heated argument in their residence at late hours. The group of African people appeared in a viral video on social media platforms while fighting in a public place and damaging properties,” the statement read. 

The police added that those responsible for the clash would be made to face the full wrath of the law of the land.

Following the clash, UAE officials imposed a 10:00 PM curfew on male Africans living in the region, sources said.


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