Undocumented Nigerians in Equatorial Guinea have been advised by the federal government to leave the country.
In a statement signed by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Head, Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, and released on Friday, January 6, the Commission said its attention was 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.
The Government of Equatorial Guinea had said that the move will help create stability in the country.
Making an appeal to undocumented Nigerians to leave the country, NIDCOM said in its statement;
“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.”