41 Nigerians deported from UK arrive

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The Director General, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Muhammad Sidi, said on Wednesday that 41 Nigerians deported from the United Kingdom for various immigration offences had arrived the country.

He confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, while receiving the deportees at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMlA, Lagos.

Mr. Sidi added that the 33 adult males and eight female deportees arrived the country aboard a chartered aircraft at about 8: 00 a.m.

“From the manifest with me, 41 Nigerians are on board and according to the British High Commission in Nigeria, they were deported because they committed various immigration offences.

“As a responsible government, we cannot just leave our citizens to enter the country without giving them a good welcome.

“Also, we want to let them know that the country they left years ago, is different from what they are returning to.’’

He stressed that Nigeria had moved ahead since the deportees left the country, adding that everybody has equal opportunities under the present government.

Mr. Sidi, who was represented by Onimode Bandele, the Deputy Director, Search and Rescue in the agency, advised Nigerians to stay in the country and develop it.

He, however, said that some stipends would be given to the deportees, to facilitate their transportation to their various destinations.

Other agencies who were at the airport to receive the deportees included officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Police Force and the Nigeria Immigration Service.



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  • tony H

    What is it with this Donald Trump, heh? Why is he in UK deporting Nigerians? Abeg, we need to start another protest against Donald Trump.

    • Baka

      We are earnestly waiting for Amrican package of deportees

  • So oju abe niko

    Kudos to whoever thought of this idea. Some of those returning have probably invested in Nigeria through money transfer to relatives before they ran into trouble for overstaying. If the authorities will actually do what is stated in this news, it would help many of the returnees psychologically to be welcomed home properly. Many of them, we hope, will go on to do good things for Nigeria. The welcome will show that it is not a shame or stigma to be deported on immigration infraction, for people who are working honestly to better their lives.

    • Osakue

      Abi o. You can send money into your Nigeria account directly from uk

  • Suleiman Alatise

    It’s a blessing in disguise for any of them that believe so, and take it positively, good luck.

  • Kez Ebed

    I doubt that Sidi’s rhetoric’s. I am afraid if they will all be heading home considering the type of groups that made up the welcoming party. Nigerian Police!

    • Osakue

      Lol! No be small lineup. The police are there to confirm the criminals among them.

  • thusspokez

    Why is this even news in Nigerian newspapers? I can’t recollect any other country in the world that reports the deportation of their compatriots as front page news. I try to find the news on British newspapers but to no avail. So what is the Nigerian newspapers’ reason for reporting this news which even the British government is shying away from disclosing?

    There are 36 states in Nigeria with enough news to fill news pages, so why not report those? The Nigerian way of going about things often seem alien; and can be difficult to make sense of.

  • Paul Irumundomon

    How many british citizens in nigeria, who overstayed their visas, are ever deported. They call nigeria mumu, and we take it with pride.

  • pajerow

    “Nigeria has moved ahaed since they left the country,everybody now has equal opportunity under the current administration ” Statements like these get me worried

  • Apostel

    These rats have committed crimes abroad and spoil the name of Nigeria, that’s the reason for their deportation. And here, these degenerate scoundrels are celebrated as heroes. The Government should bring these criminals here in Nigeria to court because they have soiled the name Nigeria abroad. I feel ill when I read these praises under me. We just do not deserve it better.

    • Maria

      If they committed crimes, they would serve jail terms…stop talking rubbish… They statement says they overstayed their visa… none is a prisoner…by the way, why are those drug smugglers in Asia not deported after committing crimes? But instead they are deported to hell!

      • Apostel

        If you can not read or do not understand what you read, you should simply keep your mouth shut.
        Immigration offenses are not just visa, it include much more. But to understand that, you should be able to read. So, stop talking rubbish…

        • Maria

          You are an immigration offender… arent you?

          • Apostel

            As I said; you can not read or you do not understand what you read