Nigeria advises undocumented nationals to leave Equatorial Guinea

Nigeria's coat of arms features a black shield with a white, wavy pall that represents the confluence of the Niger and Benue Rivers in the city of Lokoja.

All Nigerians without proper documentation who are currently in Equatorial Guinea have been urged to return home by the federal government. 

Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of the Media, Public Relations, and Protocols Unit, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, issued the recommendation in a statement on Friday. 

The Commission says it was alerted to a report by the Government of Equatorial Guinea on October 17, 2022, urging illegal aliens to leave the nation. 

The government of Equatorial Guinea has stated that this action will contribute to national stability. 

The statement read, “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 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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