41 Nigerian deportees from UK arrive Lagos

By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
About 41 Nigerians have been deported from the United Kingdom being the first of the 83 people who are being expected home having committe series of breaches against various immigration laws of their host nation.

They arrived at the cargo terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos on Wednesday in a chartered Airbus 330 aircraft which touched ground at exactly 7:40 a.m.

They comprised 33 males and eight females who are all adolescents and they were said to have been deported for immigration related offences as most of had expired visas.

They quietly left the airport after their profiling by the immigration officials.

Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigerian Air Force (NAF), police men and aviation security personnel were on ground to receive the deportees who resisted journalists who were trying to capture their faces while they were searching for their luggage.

The deportees did not speak on their ordeal.

NEMA Director- General, Alhaji Mohammed Sidi said the deportees would be given a ‘token’ to go back to their respective destinations.

Sidi represented by the Deputy Director, Search and Rescue, Dr. Abdullahi Onimode advised those leaving the country in search of greener pastures to have a rethink by staying in the country to develop it.

The NEMA boss said, “We are here this morning to receive Nigerians that have been brought back by authorities of the United Kingdom.

“As a responsible government, we can’t just leave our citizens to enter the country and start finding their ways. So it is our responsibly, NEMA on behalf of the Federal Government to ensure that, one they are well received and we need to talk to them, counsel them and let them realize that the country they left some years ago is not the same country they are meeting today, we have moved ahead and everybody has equal opportunity in the present day government to be the best you can be.

“Whatever your trading or leaning, ensure that you carve a niche for yourself. Where we tend to go to for greener pastures after all were developed by their own persons. So we should be able to proudly stay back here in Nigeria and ensure that we develop our own country.
We are giving them some stipends.

“We need to talk to them, counsel them and let them realize that the country they left some years ago is not the same country they are meeting today, we have moved ahead and everybody has equal opportunity in the present day government to be the best you can be.

“Whatever your trading or leaning, ensure that you carve a niche for yourself. Where we tend to go to for greener pastures after all were developed by their own persons. So we should be able to proudly stay back here in Nigeria and ensure that we develop our own country”.

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