Fifty-two Nigerians on Tuesday lost their legal rights to remain in the UK, the Europe Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN investigation in London revealed that arrangements have been concluded for the deportation of the affected Nigerians made up of 41 males and 11 females on a Chartered Flight later on Tuesday.
Muhammed Isa, Head of Immigration Section in the Nigerian High Commission, who confirmed the development, said that already a manifest which contains detailed offences of those to be deported have been forwarded to appropriate authorities in Nigeria.
He said the deportees, who breached the rules of their stay in the UK, include asylum seekers, over-stayers and convicted drug traffickers that have completed their terms.
Mr. Isa said it is not true that Nigerian deportees were being maltreated by the UK authorities.
He said the two countries recognise that immigration issues could become an irritant to the existing excellent relation hence the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2008 to regulate and manage the deportation processes especially the return of those who have lost their right of stay.
“Since its inception, the MOU has provided the umbrella under which thousands of Nigerian failed asylum seekers and over-stayers have been ferried home largely by means of Charter flights and not cargo,” Mr. Isa said
The official of the Nigerian High Commission, who noted further that an enforced removal of Nigerians from the UK is ‘certainly’ not the preferred choice of either the Commission, the British Authority and those affected, advised Nigerians to obey the rules of their host countries and avoid getting involved in criminal activities.