198 Nigerians Living In Saudi Arabia Illegally Were Returned Back To Nigeria
This is no more a sudden News as these has been becoming more frequents. This year, just less than 1,000 Nigerians have been returned home due to some crime issues, xenophobia and also, racism.
Yesterday, Sunday 23rd of July, 2017, the Nigerian government have welcome another batch of 198 Nigeria’s citizens who were residing in Saudi Arabia illegally at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airportat at around 10 o’clock on the morning.
The 198 who were returned home was out of the 1,800 Nigerians who are residing illegally in Saudi Arabia but were given amnesty to return to the country.
According to Nigerian News Agency, the 198 returnees includes women and children who returned safely with their different luggage on board a Med-View aircraft.
The first batch of the returnees were received by the officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA in Kano.
According to Mohammed Yahaya-Sani, who is the Consular at the Nigerian Consulate in Jedda, Saudi Arabia was the official sent to lead the 198 illegal immigrants to Nigeria, told news reporters at the airport’s venue that the Federal Government financed their return.
According to Mohammed, the 198 illegal immigrants voluntarily walked to the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to be returned to Nigeria in agreement with the three months amnesty notice issued to them by Saudi authorities, which will expire on today, July 24.
Yahaya-Sani added that with respect to the speculations, the returnees were not deported rather they voluntarily accepted the amnesty offer granted them by the Saudi authorities for illegal immigrants to leave the country.
These 198 illegal citizens of Nigeria living in Saudi Arabia decided on their own interest to return back to their country. The Saudi Arabia authorities offered amnesty to all illegal immigrants to leave the country within three months.
The Saudi Arabia’s official handed over the 198 returnees to the officials of National Emergency Management Agency at the airport who witnessed and recorded their details into document before they later departed to their different destinations.