- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has arrested and detained about 800 Nigerians for various offences bordering on irregular migration
- The Saudi authorities said 45,458 illegal migrants were in the country, hence the need to get rid of the undocumented foreigners
- The federal government, however, urged Nigerians travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to do proper documentation
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In an development that will shock many Nigerians about 800 Nigerians have been arrested and detained by the Saudi Arabian government.
They were detained for issues bordering on illegal migration, a statement by Gabriel Odu, spokesperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), read.
Odu said the Saudi Arabian government intensified a clampdown on irregular migrants in October 2022, This Day Newspaper reports.
The statement read in part:
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“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has about 800 Nigerians arrested and detained for various offences particularly consular issues since the clampdown began in October 2022.”
Going further, Odu said a the Nigerian embassy in Saudi Arabia is intervening in the matter, it would be necessary for Nigerians to avoid breaking the laws of other countries to prevent similar situations, the Punch Newspaper added.
He urged Nigerian citizens to travel legitimately and with necessary documents, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari is in talks with President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to lift the suspension of the visa ban on Nigerians travelling to the country.
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