The Saudi Arabian Embassy in Nigeria has said that travellers recently deported at the point of entry did not meet the entry conditions and requirements of its country.
A statement by the embassy said that passengers denied entry, and subsequently deported to their initial destinations, submitted incorrect information to obtain categories of visa they did not qualify for.
“The discovery was made on their arrival.
“The Embassy would like to explain the importance of following the procedures and laws enacted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for all visitors.
“Furthermore, all passengers should review all documents to determine their conformity with the conditions prior to departing from their countries to the Kingdom.
“This procedure was not limited to Nigerian citizens only; citizens of other countries were involved,” it said.
Authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Sunday cancelled the visa of all 264 passengers who arrived in Jeddah from Nigeria on Air Peace.
It was not immediately known why the passengers, most of whom were visiting Saudi for Lesser Hajj, were denied entry.
The incident occurred barely one week after Air Peace launched a direct flight to Saudi Arabia.
It was gathered that it was when the Nigerian embassy waded in that Saudi authorities reduced the number of passengers that would be returned to 177 from 264.