UK and Australia Jointly Deport 40 Nigerians over Visa Related Offences
President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign to repair the image of Nigeria received a setback on Wednesday as the United Kingdom and Australia jointly deported 40 Nigerians alleged to have committed various offences in both countries.
The deportees, 33 males and seven females and several unspecified Africans from Ghana, Liberia and Egypt, arrived at the Hajj Camp area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport with two chartered aircraft.
Punch reports that they were deported from their host countries for overstaying their visas and other immigration offences.
Various agencies were on hand to receive the deportees such as the Police, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the National Agency for Protection and Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
It was also gathered that some of the deportees refused to allow the immigration officers to capture their biometrics for record purposes and forced their way out of the airport.
The Public Relations Officer, NIS, Mr Ekpedeme King, confirmed the development to aviation correspondents on phone, but did not provide further details.
It would be recalled that 500 Nigerians were deported from the United Kingdom on Nov. 25, 2015 for similar reasons.
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