The United States Embassy in Lagos has denied renowned preacher, Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners’ Chapel International visa in what appears to be an escalation of President Trump’s anti-immigrant stance.
A report in ThisDay also said Kris Asimonye, wife of popular comedian, Abovi Ugboma (Bovi) was also denied visa Thursday even though the comedian’s application was approved.
It was however unclear why Oyedepo’s visa application was denied. The embassy usually does not reveal such information to a third party.
The newspaper said its source did not give any other reason except the standard default explanation that the Bishop did not qualify for visa renewal in its assessment and urged him to try again.
Eyewitnesses alleged that the Pastor and businessman created a scene at the facility as he insisted that he has not violated any rules or committed any crime to have warranted being denied a renewal of his visa.
When Oyedepo asked his bodyguards to get his phones so he can make some calls, he was reportedly told he can’t make calls within the precincts of the visa-issuing section of the embassy.
Though Bishop Oyedepo is yet to publicly comment on the incident, ThisDay reported that he told the Embassy’s authorities that he has been traveling to the United States since the 1980s.
President Donald Trump last week confirmed his intention to expand the travel ban he imposed on at least five countries when he took office. Reports suggested that Nigeria could be included.