UK Deports 28 Nigerians Over Illegal Stay


The United Kingdom (UK) deported another 28 Nigerians from its country on Thursday for remaining in the country illegally. The deportation came two days after Spain repatriated 23 Nigerians for criminal and immigration-related offenses.


Thursday’s deportees were returned aboard a chartered Titanic Airways plane with the registration number AWC-761/2. The deportees, comprising 21 men and 7 women, touched down at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos at about 12:15 p.m.


One of the female deportees was brought back into the country in a wheelchair and was immediately attended to by Port Health officials, who in turn transferred her to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ayinke House in an ambulance.


Our correspondent observed that she was paralyzed. Mr. Joseph Alabi, the spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, confirmed that 28 Nigerians were repatriated from UK.


He said 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 Nigeria Police Force.


Also on the ground to receive them were officials the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other security agencies.


On arrival, the deportees were profiled by immigration authorities and were each given a stipend to facilitate their transportation to their respective states from the Hajj and Cargo terminals of the airport. Some deportees were seen clinging to their handbags at the outside gate of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) at the airport without a particular destination in mind, while others were seen with mobile phones trying to contact their family members.


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