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“We do not accept direct refugee application”

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The Canadian government has made a declaration amid the rumour of an #EndSARS supporter, DJ Switch, seeking asylum over threats on her life.

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Obianuju Catherine Udeh aka DJ Switch had been a target since the live stream of the Lekki toll gate shooting on Instagram.

A statement released on Wednesday, November 11 by the Office of the High Commission of Canada to Nigeria stated that it does not accept refugee applications directly from individuals.

The statement further noted that only the United Nations Refugee Agency, other designated referral organizations, or a private sponsor can grant such an asylum.

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The statement reads in full;

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‘A message from the Government of Canada’

“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, other designated referral organizations and private sponsors to identify individuals in need of resettlement, and who are outside their home country.

“You cannot apply directly for resettlement. You must be referred to Canada by a designated referral organization or a private sponsor.

“No one can guarantee that your immigration application will be fast-tracked or approved. Only a Canadian migration officer can decide if you can come to Canada.

“All the information you need to apply to visit or immigrate to Canada is available free on the official Government of Canada website.”

Asylum statement by the High Commission of Canada to Nigeria

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