Some Nigerian Missions abroad on behalf of the Foreign Affairs Ministry has signed an agreement to help facilitate the deportation of all Nigerian illegal immigrants from selected countries.
Nigeria becomes the second country after Uganda to sign this agreement.
The International Organization of Immigration (IOM) brokered a deal through the Foreign Ministries of the selected countries and entered into an agreement with the Nigerian Missions abroad to help facilitate the deportation of all its citizens who are illegally living in those countries.
The Nigerian government has since received $250 million from the pact.
The Foreign Minister assured the organisation of a successful operation and has rolled out a one year plan starting with United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Japan, Canada and Spain in the first phase to begin September this year. The second phase includes New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Botswana, United Arab Emirates, China, Kuwait and the rest of Europe. He also added that, all those living in South Africa as Asylum Seekers/refugees would have their status revoked and deported as Nigeria is very peaceful.
According to the Foreign Minister, illegal immigrants who submit themselves for deportation would be provided with return ticket back to Nigeria and also a $1000 stipend whilst those who get arrested would be banned from holding a passport and also traveling outside Nigeria for 5 years.