Nigerian Immigration Service said foreigners living in the country without permit had till January 2020 to sort out the necessary papers or face expulsion.
Addressing border communities at Maigatari local government in Jigawa State, comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Baba-Dede said the federal government had given foreigners six months grace.
He disclosed that Nigeria would begin the deportation of any foreigner living illegally back to their country from 12th of January 2020,
“Federal Government has given six months of grace to all foreigners living in Nigeria illegally to register before 12th of January 2020.
“We have already started registration, therefore, whoever refuses to register before the dateline will be forced out of the country
Baban-Dede said that the registration of foreigners was aimed at enhancing national security.
He also implored the citizens to obtain their National Identity Card and report any foreigner who failed to register after the expiration of the dateline.