A full investigation into how a radical Muslim cleric, Ahmad al-Assir, declared a wanted terrorist was granted visa in Lebanon to visit Nigeria has been ordered by the Federal Government.
An official of Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in Abuja Tuesday evening that President Muhammadu Buhari directed the ministry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the issuance of Visa to Ahmad who has been on the wanted list of several governments.
He was arrested by Lebanese authorities as he attempted to leave Lebanon to Nigeria via Cairo, Egypt.
He was arrested in Lebanon while attempting to travel with a fake Palestinian passport with a valid Nigerian Visa at the Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport early Saturday.
The official of the ministry of foreign affairs who spoke on condition of anonymity, the ministry has been directed to explain how the wanted terrorist was able to get Nigerian Visa.
“The reported arrest of the wanted terrorist is a huge embarrassment to Nigeria and the President has directed that the matter should be investigated. The embassy in Lebanon has been directed to furnish the ministry with details of how the man got the visa. The National Intelligence Agency Officer has been directed to provide details of what happened,” the officer said.