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The presidency has refuted claims of the United Arab Emirates lifting the visa restriction on Nigerian travelers.

The ban was imposed in October 2022 along with restrictions on citizens from about 20 African nations. 

Among the affected countries are Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, and others.

Reports surfaced on Tuesday that discussions between President Bola Tinubu and his UAE counterpart, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, regarding diplomatic issues like flight allocations and travel restrictions, prompted the suspension of the ban.

However, Bayo Onanuga, senior Special Adviser to President Tinubu on information, clarified that the ban remains in place, stating that the circulating document is unauthorized by both Nigerian and UAE governments.

"UAE has not resumed visa issuance to Nigerians. The document in circulation is not authorized either by the Nigerian government or the UAE", he said.