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
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