UK, Australia deport 40 Nigerians

The United Kingdom and Australian government, on Tuesday, deported 40 Nigerians for various immigration offences

The deportees comprising male and female arrived at the hajj camp area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 7:25am with chartered aircraft.

It was gathered the deportees arrived in a chartered aircraft with registration number ZTA -4741 .
They consisted 36 Nigerians with 29 males and seven females.

In the same vein, Air Seychelles with the registration number SND-1 brought four males into the country for similar immigration offences.

Apart from Nigerians that were deported by the two countries, some citizens of Africa especially from Ghana, Liberia and Egypt were equally deported alongside the Nigerians.

The returnees were received by various agencies such as Immigration that checked their identities to ascertain their nationalities, Police, National Agency for Protection and Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and other relevant stakeholders.

A source disclosed that some of the deportees were violent when officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service attached to the international wing of the airport attempted to get their fingerprints for data purpose.
When our correspondent visited the hajj and cargo terminal where the deportees used as exit, they wore sombre look and refused to speak with our correspondent.

Some of them waited for any available means to get out of the airport without attracting much attention to themselves while others talked in trickles.

The deportees it was gathered were returned from their host countries for overstaying their visas and other immigration offences.

The Public Relations Officer, NIS, Mr. Ekpedeme King confirmed the deportation with our correspondent on phone, but could not give much details.

He said that the service was still awaiting more information from its Lagos office as at the time of filing in this report.

It would be recalled that in April, 48 Nigerians were jointly deported by UK and Switzerland Governments for several residing in their countries illegally. 

By: Sade Williams

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