Saudi Govt Intensifies Clampdown  On Irregular Migrants; 800 Nigerians Arrested

The attention of the Management of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission 

(NiDCOM), has been drawn to a communication from the office of the 

Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Saudi Arabian 

authorities intensifying crackdown on undocumented foreigners in their 


The Letter stated that Kingdom of  Saudi Arabia has between October and 

December, 2022, intensified joint operations across the Country targeted 

at riding the Kingdom of undocumented irregular migrants.

In the Communication to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Saudi 

Arabian government noted that about Forty Five Thousand, Four Hundred 

and Fifty Eight (45,458) foreigners ranging from violation of residency 

rules, illegal border crossing attempts and irregular migrants for 

labour-related offences are in the country.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM), therefore, urges 

Nigerians travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia without proper 

documentation not to do so as Saudi authorities have heightened a clamp 

down on irregular migrants.

The  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has  about Eight Hundred (800) Nigerians 

arrested and detained  for various offences particularly Consular issues 

since the clamp down began in October, 2022. Though the Nigerian Embassy 

in Saudi is intervening in this matter , Nidcom urges Nigerians to 

resist breaking the laws of other countries.

In the same vein,  President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the United 

Arab Emirates’ President,  Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to lift 

the suspension of the blanket  visa ban on Nigerians travelling to the 


It could be recalled that  UAE visa ban came as a result of issues 

associated with alleged criminality and illegalities of some Nigerians 

living in Dubai.

The Commission has appealed to Nigerian citizens that if they must 

travel, they should travel with proper documentation and legitimately 



Gabriel Odu.

Media, Public Relations and Protocol unit.

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