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UK Deports 23 Nigerians Over Immigration Offences



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The UK Government has deported 23 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences in the country.

The deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos at about 6AM on Friday.

The deportees,who are all males, were brought back in a chartered aircraft.

DSP Joseph Alabi, the Spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, confirmed the development to NAN.

The deportees were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), and the Police.

Also on ground to receive them were officials  of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

The deportees were profiled by immigration authorities and given stipends to facilitate their transportation to their respective states.

The Italian Government on March 8, deported 37 Nigerians from the country for similar reasons.

Photo Credit: NAN PHOTO

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  1. africhic

    March 31, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Welcome home people

  2. #Proudnigerian

    March 31, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    On behalf of Nigerians I welcome all of you home. The “obodo oyibo” is not a do or die affair . A mother can never deny her own wehcome once again .Please wailing wailers your opinions are not wehcome. ??

    • TeeS

      March 31, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Just curious why commenters like @#Proudnigerian are always so happy to see/hear Nigerians are deported or have the misfortune of returning home on a bad note. It is not a do or die affair I agree. But Nigeria is not the easiest place to live or be compared to “abroad”. If Nigeria doesn’t have all the amenities people seek what is wrong with them going to other countries to get better job opportunities ? Although many of them go about it the wrong way but can you really blame them? When I’m in Nigeria for a week or two I’m ready to get out, not because it isn’t home but nothing works. I’m sorry our country sucks.
      You go to college, graduate, No job
      You go learn a trade, still No jobs.
      Or fine you do go to college and they are paying 50-100k. So what was the point of college?
      At least in this so called abroad, there are many people without degrees that make a decent enough living, even if it is from paycheck to paycheck….They can sha boast of having electricity and basic amenities. So what exactly or why exactly should they stay back home?
      If you had the opportunity to go leave the country legally, I don’t see anything wrong with it. We have all done some drastic and unforgiveable things in our lives no matter how small…Its not nice to laugh at peoples misfortunes in situations….
      Sorry for the rant….

    • #Proudnigerian

      March 31, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Happy? Happy? Why should I feel the tiniest bit of Joy when I see them deported? It’s amazing how you support their illegal means of migration. These people are part of the reason well meaning Nigerians are being turned down from getting their visas . You go to an embassy just for transit purposes but for the fear of you not returning they turn you down. Nigeria is already messed up as you have clearly stated but a lot of us are trying our best not to make it worse but better! a lot of Nigerians living in Nigeria started with little capital and their businesses are thriving ,little capital little steps but progress is being made. Please and please there’s no excuse whatsoever to stake your life (those that trek through deserts or swim in oceans) just because it must be obodo or no where else , or even those that live in fear of being deported. I have no issue wit migration but migrating illegally is it really worth the stress? Having to start from scratch not to talk of the psycological trauma . Sorry for the rant. Nigeria must be great again!

    • A Real Nigerian

      March 31, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      No need to be sorry. It was a good rant.

    • #Proudnigerian

      March 31, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Happy? Happy? Why should I feel the faintest joy for them being deported? I have no problem with migration as far as you go through the right course. Nigeria is already messed up but a lot of us are trying to make things better not worse! These people are not making it any better for us. You go to an embassy just for transit but they turn you down for fear of you not returning. A lot of Nigerians living in Nigeria started their business with very little capital and their businesses are thriving some making baby steps but progress is being made. Please and please is this really worth it? not to talk of those that loose their lives treking across a desert or swimming across an ocean. All the time wasted , psycological trauma . I am not happy but then again it’s not worth it.

    • Shandi

      March 31, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      I don’t understand your comment. I am Cameroonian, the commenter probably meant that it’s better to live comfortably and free in your country than live illegally elsewhere and have 24/7 anxiety; that’s why you’ve decided to write this epistle? How are you sure he/she is happy these people have been deported? Like I said I’m Cameroonian but I was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. I find it laughable when Africans, Nigerians particularly always say there’s no job back home and people graduate and are employed back home. Is it any different from the UK, US and Canada? Are all graduates employed here? Unemployment is a global issue and you won’t automatically get a job or be employed just because you live in the U.K., US or Canada.
      The person probably meant it’s better to be free in your home country as opposed to being completely hopeless elsewhere as a result of not having the right papers; no need for you to take it personal or to take it to heart.

    • Shandi

      March 31, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      And are unemployed back home^^


    March 31, 2017 at 8:05 pm


    • #Proudnigerian

      March 31, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you?

  4. #Proudnigerian

    March 31, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    BN has swallowed my response chai no strength to type again.

  5. survivor

    March 31, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    MOST of these illegal immigrants even after successfully crossing the deadly meditarean sea,they go there misbehaving..attending night clubs same in UK.una welcome come follow us dey shout our up NEPA

  6. Tee

    April 1, 2017 at 12:38 am

    All I hear is welcome back!!!! Chaii blindness no good o. This move started last year, close to 11 countries have been involved in bringing our people back to our land and no one saw this coming 3yrs ago when it was first mentioned here. Truly our religious leaders are asleep. Anyway, na for good and fall of many, for building and destruction of the city.

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