- Henley, a dual citizenship company, is set to open a branch office in Lagos for Nigerians seeking to acquire second passports
- The firm's senior staff, Dominic Volek, said Africans' interest in acquiring either passports or residency rights of developed countries have jumped in recent years
- According to Volek, both Nigeria and South Africa provided about 85% of the more than 100 Africans that purchased Henley’s services in 2019
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A citizenship and residency advisory firm which helps rich people to acquire second passports, Henley & Partners Group, has disclosed its plans to set up an office in Nigeria.
Bloomberg reports that the company said Africans' interest in acquiring either passports or residency rights of developed countries have jumped in recent years.
Legit.ng gathers that the company is setting up the office in Lagos Nigeria’s commercial capital. Henley already has offices in South Africa.
Henley's head of sales, Dominic Volek, told Bloomberg the company has been dealing with clients from Nigeria for over three years and has experienced constant growth from the most populous African country.
The company helps rich people secure citizenship of various Caribbean countries and other few European Union member countries.
The costs of acquiring second passports according to the report range from less than $200,000 (N77.2 million) for Caribbean passports to over $1 million (N386.4 million) for European nations.
Both Nigeria and South Africa provided about 85% of the more than 100 Africans that purchased Henley’s services in 2019.
Volek said most Nigerians who acquire second citizenship do not have plans to relocate but do so to have access to greater options, including educating their children.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former petroleum minister, has been given Dominica's citizenship.
Diezani was issued a diplomatic passport by the Dominican government on May 21, 2015.
The former minister was also appointed as a commissioner for trade and investment for the Commonwealth of Dominica by the country's prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.
The appointment does not, however, attract a remunerative package, according to the prime minister's letter.
Recall that Diezani is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with an alleged N23.29 billion poll bribery scam.
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