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.
We don’t accept refugee applications from people, Canada tells Nigerians amid DJ Switch rumours. Photo credit: BBC Pidgin Source: UGC 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. Source: Legit.ng
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