By Sade Williams
50 Nigerians were yesterday deported from eight European countries over immigration and drug related offences.
The countries are Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Austria and Belgium, Spain, Hungary and Sweden.
The latest deportation is coming barely 48 hours after 40 Nigerians were deported for the same reasons from Italy and a week after 23 Nigerians were equally repatriated from United Kingdom.
The latest deportees arrived the country through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos with a chartered aircraft with flight number P6-6991 by 7:40am.
A source close to the Department of State Security (DSS) attached to the airport said that the deportees comprised 47 males and three females.
According to the source, three of the deportees were repatriated for drug related issues while 47 others were returned for other immigration offences.
The source hinted that some of the 47 returnees either entered the European countries through fake documents, illegal channels were others overstayed in the countries after the expiration of their visiting visas.
On arrival, the officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) at the airport profiled the deportees while those with criminal offences were handed over to Nigeria Police for further prosecution.
“Nigerians are nowadays regularly deported from different countries including some African countries. The rate is very alarming and another batch of Nigerians may be deported next week for same offences.”
It would be recalled that in February, 43 Nigerians were returned into the country from three European countries; Germany, Belgium and Italy.