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Nigerian government to begin mass deportation of undocumented immigrants on January 2020

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The federal government has said that it will commence mass deportation of undocumented foreigners all over the country on January 13, 2020.

The supervising agency for the documentation of foreigners disclosed that the mass deportation exercise will begin immediately the six-month grace for the appropriate documentation given by the central government expires on January 12, 2020.

Top officials of the agency told the Tribune on Saturday, November 23, that there won’t be any extension once the grace period expires.

The officials noted that all undocumented foreigners above 18 years without evidence of proper documentation would be arrested after the grace period and promptly deported at the expiration of the grace period.

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The agency warned that Nigerians harbouring undocumented foreigners or having them in their employment would be jailed seven years or made to pay a fine of N1m.

It said that Nigerians popularly known as agents, who usually facilitate the illegal movement of young girls and boys from neighbouring countries into Nigeria for the purpose of linking them up with those in need of domestic servants in homes across the country now stand the risk of a 10-year jail term or a fine of N1 million.

The spokesperson for the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Sunday James also explained that migrants not captured on the migrant e-registration database by January 12, 2020 would be arrested and prosecuted.

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