The federal government has responded after undocumented Nigerians in Equatorial Guinea were instructed to return to their home country.
According to the government of Equatorial Guinea, the move will aid in bringing stability to the nation.
Reacting to the instruction, the federal government has urged Nigerians to comply.
The advice was given in a statement signed by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Head, Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Friday.
The commission stated that its attention has been drawn to a report by the Government of Equatorial Guinea on October 17, 2022, advising undocumented foreigners in their country to leave voluntarily or face government sanction.
It advised Nigerians in the foreign country to either renew their permits or apply to return home.
“The attention of the Management of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission has been drawn to a letter from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on the above-mentioned subject matter.
“A report by the Government of Equatorial Guinea on October 17, 2022, was issued, advising undocumented foreigners in their country to leave voluntarily or face government sanction.
“According to the report, this is aimed at curbing elements of sabotage and creating stability in the country of Equatorial Guinea.
“The letter also stated that obtaining a one or two-year residence permit by foreigners goes between $410 and $620.
“As a Commission committed to the welfare of its citizens, we advise that Nigerians in Equatorial Guinea should renew their permit if possible, or apply to come back home to Nigeria, if undocumented, to avoid sanctions by the Government of Equatorial Guinea.”
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