Fifty-two Nigerians are set to be deported by the United Kingdom Border Agencies back to Nigeria in another swift action to rid UK of illegal immigrants.
Sources close to the Nigeria High Commission in London hinted News Agency of Nigeria that the victims are being deported as a result of one offence or the other.
Mr Mohammed Isa, the Head of the Immigration Section in the Nigerian High Commission in the UK, speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, said that the would-be deportees would arrive at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in a chartered flight.
The victims are mostly those who had recently completed their prison sentences terms as a result of one criminal offence or the other, failed-asylum seekers and those who overstayed their authorised permit.
Mohammed further also said that the deportees were to be accompanied by British law enforcement agents and two Nigerian officials on board the flight as a result of ways to guarantee and to ensure the safety of the victims back to the country.
“This is the first time a chartered flight conveying Nigerian deportees would be accompanied by Nigerian officials,” Isa said.
He added: “Though, it is also in line with the global best practices, it is our responsibility to ensure that the deportees are treated in the most humane and dignified manner.”
He pointed out that the mission had never recorded any `ugly incidents’ on the UK route since the exercise began following the conclusion in 2005, of a Memorandum of
Understanding(MOU) on migration returns between the two countries.
The British coalition government had made several concerted efforts aimed at stamping immigration abuses and among the new law is the capping of numbers of intending visitors to the United Kingdom and the lowering of student immigration privileges which will see potential student’s coming the the United Kingdom for studies cut drastically.