800 Nigerians detained in Saudi Arabia over irregular documentation

By Favour Nnabugwu




No fewer than 800 Nigerians are destained in Saudi Arabia for different offences as the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM warned Nigerians against traveling that country without proper documentation

In a statement released by NIDCOM revealed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has about Eight Hundred (800) Nigerians arrested and detained for various offenses particularly Consular issues since the clamp down began in October, 2022.

The statement further stated that its attention has been drawn to a communication from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Saudi Arabian authorities intensifying crackdown on undocumented foreigners in their country.

Going forward, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia between October and December, 2022, intensified joint operations across the country targeted at ridding the Kingdom of undocumented irregular migrants.

In the letter to the Federal Government, the Saudi Arabian government noted that about Forty Five Thousand, Four Hundred and Fifty Eight (45,458) foreigners are in the country with offenses ranging from violation of residency rules, illegal border crossing attempts and irregular migrants for labor-related offenses.

NiDCOM says though the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi is intervening in this matter, it urges Nigerians to resist breaking the laws of other countries.

The commission however appealed to Nigerian citizens that if they must travel, they should travel with proper documentation.

18 Nigerian nurses in fake certificate scandal in the US

By Favour Nnabugwu



The Texas Board of Nursing has filed charges against 18 nurses from Nigeria residing in Texas, the United States for obtaining educational credentials through fraudulent means.

In a statement on its website, the Board published 23 names of persons indicted with fake certificates of which 18 of them were Nigerians. The board in its statement said an investigation carried out showed that the suspects were caught in a grand fraudulent diploma/transcript scheme. The board explained that the suspects procured fraudulent nursing credentials which they used to sit for the national nursing board exam. It added that the formal charges filed against the offenders are not a final disciplinary action, therefore, they are permitted to work pending the outcome of the charges.

The statement read

“The Board has filed Formal Charges against the following nurses for fraudulently obtaining educational credentials. The Board is authorized to file Formal Charges against a nurse if probable cause exists that the nurse has committed an act listed in Tex. Occ. Code §301.452(b) or that violates other law. See Tex. Occ. Code §301.458. Further, Formal Charges are publicly available. See Tex. Occ. Code §301.466(b).

Please note that Formal Charges are not a final disciplinary action, and a nurse is permitted to work, as a nurse, while Formal Charges are pending.”

The Nigerians indicted include Abiodun Yetunde Felicia; Adelakun Abiodun Aveez; Adelekan Joseph Adewale; Adeoye Vivien Temitope; Adewale Modinat Abidemi; Afolabi, Olufemi Toun; Afolabi Omowunmi F; Agbo Odumegwu Steve; Ajibade Charlot Omotayo, Akande Olabisi Christiana; Akhigbe Catherine; Akinrolabu, Folasade Margaret; Ako Esiri Rachael; Akpan Rosemary Moses; Alimi Bukola A; Ani Ndirika Justina; Aroh Nchekwube C.; and Ayodeji Sherifat Olubunmi.

Other non-Nigerian nurses named in the scandal are Abanda Jacob Atambili; Addai Agnes Fosuah; Anaaba Awingrug Musah; Anthony-Annor, and Spendilove; Asanga, Albert Nshanui.

“This list will be updated continuously as the Board receives additional information about the fraudulent diploma/transcript scheme,” the statement added.