by Dolapo Adelana
A Nigerian man, Olaniyi Femi has recounted the horrendous treatment meted on him by United States authorities at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Femi, who possessed a valid entry visa was locked up in a cold room for four days and was later sent back to Nigeria.
Advocate group, the Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Wednesday narrated Femi’s ordeal in a series of tweets on its Twitter page.
The tweets read, “Man recounts ordeal as United States authorities’ refuses to allow Nigerians with valid visas entry into the US.
“My name is Olaniyi Femi, I travelled to the United States of America on the 21st of February 2017, with 2 years valid multiple visa.
“When I got to port of entry of Los Angeles, the immigration officer directed me to one BPD, he interrogated me and I answered him politely.
“When he had nothing to hold me for, he said I should come for biometrics to find out if I had any criminal records.
“I told him that I’m not a criminal but that he should go ahead. Later he brought some documents that I should sign.
“I told him that I will need to read before signing. He quickly withdrew the document and put me in a cold cell where I spent four days.
“My phones were seized and I couldn’t reach my family. My visa was later revoked and I was returned to Nigeria.”
Recall that on Monday the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Abike Dabiri-Erewa urged Nigerians to stop visiting the US until the travel ban imposed by Donald Trump was clarified.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.