Most Nigerian scammers consider some factors before choosing their hideouts: proximity to Nigeria, ease of visa access, and countries without extradition status.
Extradition is especially important to them in the event that they are exposed. An extradition treaty country can readily return the person to the country where they are wanted to face the wrath law.
Extradition treaties are binding between two governments. For instance, an extradition pact between the United States and Nigeria would be meaningless if a fugitive proceeds to countries without an extradition treaty.
Here are some of the countries Nigerian scammers abscond to.
Andorra is Europe’s sixth smallest country, with a population of 77,006. It is located in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.
The tiny country is recognised for its ski resorts and tax haven status, which allows for duty-free shopping. This explains why tourism, skiing, and shopping are booming in the country.
Andorra is ideal for hiding because it has no extradition treaty with Nigeria, the United States and many other countries. As such, it makes it a perfect hideout spot for criminals.
Russia is a country that straddles Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. With 145.5 million people, it is the ninth most populous nation and the most populated country in Europe.
There are no extradition treaties in place with any country, including the US. Edward Snowden, who is currently living in Russia, is a well-known example of non-extradition in Russia. This makes it an ideal hideaway for scammers.
Brunei is one of the wealthiest countries on the list of non-extradition treaty countries. The Sultan of Brunei does not follow commands and does not tolerate foreign intervention when in the country.
It is not a constitutional democratic state as the Sultan personally controls every square inch of the island and all of its riches. Despite Monarch’s control, Brunei is one of the top countries criminals abscond to.
Morocco, formally the Kingdom of Morocco, is a North Westernmost country in the Maghreb area of North Africa. It shares land borders with Algeria to the east and the controversial area of Western Sahara to the south. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
Morocco is one of the African nations where Nigerians might avoid extradition. The country permits a change of citizenship. You can expatriate and then apply for a Residence-by-Investment program, which leads to citizenship and eliminate extradition risks.