European Countries Deport 34 Nigerians

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Chinedu Eze

Six European countries thursday deported 34 Nigerians for allegedly committing immigration-related offences.
The Nigerians were deported from Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Belgium and Hungary
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The deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos at about 6.30a.m.

The deportees, comprising of 32 males and two females, were brought back in a chartered Airblue Panorama flight.

The spokesman of Lagos Airport Police Command, Joseph Alabi, confirmed the deportation to journalists.

“This morning, we received 34 Nigerians who were brought back from Europe. They were made up of 32 males and two females,” Alabi said.

He said all the deportees were alleged to have committed immigration-related offences in their host countries and disclosed that the deportees were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the police.

Also on ground to receive them were officials the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), as the deportees who wore sad and sullen faces were profiled by immigration authorities and were allowed to depart to their various destinations.

The deportation came after about 175 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya last Tuesday aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration number TS-INA.

The returnees were made up of 34 males, 122 females, 10 children and nine infants.
It has been estimated that over 1,000 Nigerians have been deported from Libya and European countries since late last year.