165 foreigners denied Nigerian citizenship

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The federal government has rejected applications filed by one hundred and sixty five foreigners for Nigerian citizenship.

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Minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau. disclosed this to newmen in Abuja on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting President Muhammadu Buhari presided over.

Dambazau said about 500 applications were received by his ministry in respect of Nigeria’s citizenship but 335 of it were approved.

He said, “Over 500 applications were considered. Out of these, 335 were recommended for citizenship and this memo was brought to council to that effect. Citizenship is either by naturalization or by registration.

“There are 245 that applied for citizenship by naturalization and the requirements to be met are clearly stated in section 26 of the constitution.

“Then there is citizenship by registration and that is what is popularly known as Niger-wives which is for women in foreign countries who are married to Nigerian citizens. That is also clearly spelt out in section 27 of the constitution.

“So, the requirements are there and we considered them. Those who met the requirement, the advisory council recommended and sent to council for approval. So, today, FEC approved the recommendations of those who applied, 345 of them. 245 by naturalization and 90 by registration.”

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