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Thursday, 26 January 2023 17:18

159 Nigerians renounced citizenship in 2022 – Interior ministry

1.8m passport booklets issued in seven years


The ministry of interior has reported that at least 159 Nigerians gave up their citizenship in 2022 alone.

This was disclosed on Thursday during the 64th State House Ministerial Briefing, which was held at the Aso Rock Villa and was hosted by the Presidential Communications Team. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, made the announcement.

According to Belgore, 150 Nigerians renounced their citizenship between 2006 to 2021.

In 2022, however, 159 Nigerians renounced their citizenship.

Meanwhile, the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola, said the massive exodus of Nigerians out of the county in search of greener pastures is fueling high demands for passports.

Aregbesola said in 2022, the Immigration Service issued the highest number of passport booklets totalling 1,899,683 in over seven years.

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