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Nigeria, UK, Sign MoU on Return of Illegal Migrants




MoU on Return of Illegal Migrants

Nigeria’s Interior Minister Abdulrahman Dambazau and UK Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the British Government on immigration returns and proper profiling of the nationalities of migrants.

The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd), disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja in a statement signed by Willie Bassey, Director Press of the ministry.

He said that the‎ profiling of migrants would be done through biometric and biographic data.

The minister said the signing of the Addendum to the 2005 MoU on Immigration Returns between the Government of Nigeria and the United Kingdom was done in Abuja.

Dambazau stated that the MoU was a review of the initial bilateral agreement signed in 2005 between the countries on the return of illegal immigrants, as well as for legal migrants who overstayed their visas.

He said that the review was informed by the new challenges that have emerged, which could only be met by reviewing the Agreement, adding that such challenges include the difficulties in ascertaining the correct nationalities of some immigrants.

He noted that “the Addendum being signed concerns the use of biometric and biographic data and addresses the concerns of the government of Nigeria regarding the true identity of some migrants.”

In a response, the leader of the UK delegation and Minister of State for Immigration, Robert Goodwill, described the Addendum as a significant modernisation on the earlier‎ MoU.

He stressed the importance of preventing immigration abuse by those who entered and left the UK illegally.

He commended the Minister of Interior for driving the process, which culminated in the signing of the MoU.

In his remarks, the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, said innovations were introduced to make the Nigerian passport acceptable globally, by making it machine- readable.


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  1. keke driver

    September 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Nigeria too? lmfaooooooooo

  2. Prince

    September 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    MoU has been signed OK. When are we expecting the money.


    September 1, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Red. General Abdulraman Dambazau did you ask him to expanciate more on what he meant by preventing immigration abuse by those who entered and left UK illegally before you appended your signature on the document? By not doing so, That may lead to an unforeseen Consequencies in the future for your fellow Nigerians in Post Brexit Britain. A word is enough for the wise. I ‘ m just saying.

    • James Bond

      September 2, 2016 at 4:34 am

      Interesting times ahead.

      First wave of Nigerians in prison and detention in uk to arrive soon.

      The U.K. Has been keen on repatriating Thousands and thousands of Nigerians in uk detention facilities and prisons, costing tax payers millions of pounds.

      Watch tv for that uncle of yours that has been in uk for decades and can’t seem to find time to come home.

      Someone needs to do a documentary on Nigerians in detention facilities abroad.

  4. oma

    September 2, 2016 at 4:06 am

    what is this culeless man signing upanddan smh#saibuhari#

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