10th August, 2010
Nigerians seeking entry permit or visa to South Africa at the Sinari Daranijo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos High Commission office were brutalizedÂ this morning by overzealous armed mobile policemen attached to the office to ensure security, law and order.
According to an eyewitnessâ€™ accounts, bribery and corruption pervaded operations at the High Commission as many people on the queue were not attended to while a few managed to jump the queue after some money might have changed hands.
One of the victims of the high-handedness, Dr. Rotimi Fasan, said someone who attempted to capture the rowdy scene with a camera was brutalised.
Fasan, a lecturer in the Department of Languages and Linguistics at the Osun State University, Osogbo, said he was billed to attend a seminar/workshop in South Africa on 17 August and he was supposed to leave Nigeria on 15 August. But he lamented that all the telephone numbers, fax and addresses posted on the embassyâ€™s website were just there for formality with none working.
He also attributed the crowd at the High Commission today to the national holiday in South Africa yesterday which many Nigerians were not aware of.
Fasan complained that the confusion was not peculiar to the South African High Commission office in Lagos alone but most of the embassies usually subjected Nigerians to brutalisation and embarrassment in their fatherland.