Saturday, 7 November 2015

UK plans deportation of 29,000 Nigerians



Britain's government is set to deport about 29000 Nigerians with expired visas, after the finalization of some paper work.

The UK High Commission in Nigeria said the removal of persons who did not have a right to remain in the UK is being carried out in conjunction with relevant Nigerian authorities, including the Nigeria High Commission in London.

Acting Nigeria High Commissioner in London, Olukunle Bamgbose said, “I think about 29,000 Nigerians have been designated to be deported. We are insisting that due process must be followed before Nigerians are really removed from the UK to Nigeria.”

Press and Public Affairs Officer, UK High Commission, Joe Abuku, said the UK had always worked with FG to facilitate visas for large numbers of travellers between the two countries and “to ensure the return  of the small minority who choose not to return when their visa expired.”

He did not confirm the number of Nigerians that would be affected by the deportation exercise, but stressed that those concerned would be removed “after we have determined nationality.”

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