500 Nigerians have been deported from the United Kingdom and arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos this morning. Many of them have been deported over illegal stay permits.
Many of them who were allowed to speak to newsmen complained of the way they were handled by the British authorities, alleging that majority of them were not even allowed take their belongings before being deported.
It has been reported that the authorities plans to deport 29,000 Nigerians.
The Acting Nigerian High Commissioner in London, Olukunle Bamgbose, said. “I think about 29,000 Nigerians have been designated to be deported.
“We are insisting that due process must be followed before Nigerians are really removed from the UK to Nigeria,’’ he said.
“First, we must ensure that they are really Nigerians; they are medically fit to travel; all the legal processes must have been completed and that they have role to play in Nigeria.
“You do not expect someone who has not been to Nigeria for 30 years to 40 years, and does not have any family and you want to deport him.
“He will constitute social problems to us in Nigeria; so these are the sore points at this moment that we have,’’ the envoy said.Many of them are said to be stranded at the airport as they have no relative to pick them .
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