- Canada's high commission in Nigeria has issued a clarification regarding how it accepts refugee applications
- According to the commission, refugee applications are only accepted from designated referral organisations or private sponsors
- The commission issued the statement amid rumours that a Nigerian has been granted asylum over her involvement in the recent #EndSARS protest
The Canadian high commission in Nigeria has said it does not accept refugee applications directly from people.
The commission in a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday, November 11, said it only considers applications from individuals who must be referred by a designated referral organisation or a private sponsor.
It further warned against the peddling of rumours and false information online regarding the applications.
The statement reads partly:
“Canadian Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates, Consulates General or Honorary Consulates do not accept refugee applications directly from people.
"Canada works with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), other designated referral organizations and private sponsors to identify individuals in need of resettlement, and who are outside their home country."
While the commission did not mention any aspecific name, the statement is coming a few days after Nigeria's social media space was awash with speculations that Obianuju Catherine Udeh aka DJ Switch has been granted asylum in Canada.
It was speculated that DJ Switch was granted asylum after she alleged that her life was threatened over her involvement in the #EndSARS protest.
The artiste was the one who reportedly live-streamed the alleged Lekki shooting via Instagram on Tuesday, October 20.
The speculations intensified on Monday, November 9, when the DJ allegedly testified before a committee of the Canadian parliament via video conference.
Although she did not claim to be in Canada, there are rumours that she has been granted asylum.
Following the rumours, the Canadian parliament was asked to deny DJ Switch asylum in the country.
More than 900 people signed a petition calling for her rejection following the rumours that she was seeking asylum in Canada.
The petition was initiated by Femi Fako, titled “Refuse the Canadian Asylum application of Ms Obianuju Udeh and her associates now!”
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