UK, Australia deport 40 Nigerians
By Shola Adekola
By Shola Adekola
For the second time in a month, United Kingdom and Australia, on Wednesday, jointly deported 40 Nigerians for various immigration offences. The deportees, comprising males and females, arrived at the Hajj camp area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, at 7:25a.m with chartered aircraft.
According to information gathered, a chartered aircraft, with registration number ZTA -4741, brought into the country 36 Nigerians, comprising 29 males and seven females.
This was just as Air Seychelles, with the registration number SND-1, brought four males into the country for similar immigration offences.
Apart from Nigerians that were deported by the two countries, some citizens of Africa, especially from Ghana, Liberia and Egypt, were equally deported alongside the Nigerians.
The returnees were received by various agencies such as Immigration that checked their identities to ascertain their nationalities, police, National Agency for Protection and Trafficking in Persons, (NAPTIP) and other relevant stakeholders.
According to a source, some of the deportees were violent when officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) attached to the international wing of the airport attempted to collect their fingerprints for data purpose.
Others who didn't kick against the fingerprinting were swiftly attended to by the officers and were allowed to leave the airport after the completion of their documentations.
When the Nigerian Tribune visited the hajj and cargo terminal where the deportees used as exit, they looked frustrated and refused to speak to any journalist.
The deportees, it was gathered, were returned from their host countries for overstaying their visas and other immigration offences.
An officer of immigrations, who confirmed the deportation but could not give much details, hinted that the service was still awaiting more information as of the time of filing in this report.