EXCLUSIVE: Christ Embassy at war with S/African Embassy over visa racket
Applicants and Travel Agencies have alleged that the South African Embassy in Lagos and Abuja offices are turning down Visa applications of intending Chris Embassy Church members going for the Love World Festival of Music and Arts holding in Johannesburg.
Some of those interviewed disclosed that the Embassy officials directed them to route their visa applications through two members of Christ Embassy representatives in Abuja and Lagos respectively.
” As we speak, only the applications submitted in Lagos or Abuja through this syndicate are being considered,” said an aggrieved applicant who would not want her name in prints.
She further alleged that an official of the Embassy in Lagos told them to re-present their applications through two ladies (names witheld) who are based in Abuja and Lagos. The two individuals are also said to be members of staff of the church
“Right now anyone making a submission is referred from the South Africa Embassy to these ladies who insist on collecting N90,000 and N120,000 as against between N50,000 and N55,000 charged by travel agencies.” Our source further stated.
However, a member of the Christ Embassy who simply gave her name as Ms. Alexander said that there was no such directive from the head office of the church that the two members should handle the visa processing for those traveling for the festival.
She said that the members have been processing their individual visas through travel agencies of their choices, adding that this was the first
time they had such obstacle.
She disclosed that in 2015 about 2000 members of Christ Embassy attended the festival and all processed their visas through travel Agencies of
their choices.Ironically the two individuals who are being accused are said to have earlier submitted a letter to the Embassy appointing them by the church as the visa agents for the programme.
Efforts to get the South African embassy’s views on the matter did not yield much dividends as a staff of the embassy who pleaded anonymity simply told NewsJet that they have not received any formal complaints from any applicant or travel agency.
About 300 members of the church are attending this year’s event.
Love world Festival of Music and Art is organised once in two years by Believers LoveWorld Incorporated South Africa.