Several months after Nigeria closed its borders with neighbouring African countries, the government is doubling down on undocumented foreigners living in the country.
The Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS insists that immigrants who fail to participate in the ongoing e-registration scheme would be deported and may not be allowed into the country after January 12, 2020.
Nigeria had opened an e-registration portal since August this year, which require immigrants in the country to undergo a comprehensive registration to grant them legal status.
Concerned foreigners in the notice also include ECOWAS nationals who do not have appropriate documents for residing in Nigeria. The NIS equally warned that Nigerians who employ or host undocumented immigrants will either pay N1m fine or face seven years imprisonment.
Nigeria’s neighbours to the West, especially Ghana who were among the hardest hit in the recent border closure, have condemned these policies as against the ECOWAS protocol which grants citizens from signatory countries in West Africa the freedom of movement across the sub-region.