Nigeria to challenge UK plans to deport 29,000 Nigerians

The Nigeria High Commission in London has expressed concern about the migration and removal policy of the UK Government, which has placed deportation tags on 29,000 Nigerians.

“I think about 29,000 Nigerians have been designated to be deported,”Acting Nigerian High Commissioner in London, Olukunle Bamgbose said while speaking with State House Correspondents, Premium Times reports.

He said the migration policy came about following the migration crisis created by the troubled regions in the world.

“I think about 29,000 Nigerians have been designated to be deported,” he said, “we are insisting that due process must be followed before Nigerians are really removed from the UK to Nigeria”.

Mr. Bamgbose gave four conditions that should be met by the UK immigration office before the commission could accept the migration and deportation agenda:

  • The confirmation that the individuals are all Nigerian citizens
  • The individuals should be medically fit to travel
  • All processes must have been completed
  • They should have a role to play in Nigeria

“You do not expect someone who has not been to Nigeria for 30 years to 40 years, and does not have any family and you want to deport him,” he said, “He will constitute social problems to us in Nigeria; so these are the sore points at this moment that we have.”

Despite this challenge, he noted, relations between the UK and Nigeria had deepened.

Source: This is Africa

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