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198 Nigerians illegally residing in Saudi Arabia arrive home



The Federal Government on Saturday received no fewer than 198 Nigerians illegally residing in Saudi Arabia at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport at about 10 AM.

This number was out of the 1,800 Nigerians living illegally in Saudi Arabia, who were given amnesty to return to the country.

NAN reports that the 198 persons including women and children returned with their luggage on board a Med-View aircraft.

Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Kano received the first batch of the returnees.

Mohammed Yahaya-Sani, the Consular at the Nigerian Consulate in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, who led the illegal immigrants to Nigeria, told newsmen at the airport that the Federal Government sponsored their return.

According to him, the illegal migrants voluntarily reported to the Nigerian Embassy to be returned to Nigeria in compliance with the three months evacuation notice issued to them by Saudi authorities, which will expire on July 24.

Yahaya-Sani said that contrary to 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.

“They decided on their own to return to Nigeria. The Saudi authorities offered amnesty to all illegal immigrants to leave the country within three months,” he said.

The official handed over the returnees to NEMA officials at the airport who witnessed and documented their returns before they later departed to their various towns and villages.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Tracy Edward

    July 22, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    God bless you all. No country is perfect in this world, so let work together to make the only country we have to move forward. Nigeria is a great country and God in Christ Jesus will destory the work of the devil in Nigeria. One Nation, One Nigeria, God bless our Nigeria (Naija) in Christ Jesus Amen. Welcome home my brothers and sisters, WELCOME.

  2. Poesy

    July 23, 2017 at 12:01 am

    The struggle is real. People don’t do this unless they are in a desperate situation.

  3. Drknite

    July 23, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Welcome Back Home Friends

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