About 83 Nigerians have been deported from the United Kingdom and are expected to arrive in the country on Wednesday, 1, February, 2017.
Part of those being deported are those residents whose documents had expired as well as prisoners whose terms of imprisonment were nearing completion.
The aircraft conveying the deportees is expected to arrive in the country at 5am at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja where officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), and other government workers will be waiting to receive them.
The National Emergency Management Agency, South-West Zone, spokesperson, Ibrahim Farinloye, explains that the prisoners among the deportees would complete their jail terms in Nigeria. Hear him:
“We were informed that 83 Nigerians would be deported from the United Kingdom on Wednesday morning. Some of the people affected are those who haven’t completed their prison sentences.
“They would be taken to Nigerian prisons to complete their terms. Although we cannot tell the various offenses, we believe others could be drug-related and immigration problems. We expect that when they arrive in the country, we would be able to know the real reason for their deportation.”
Recall that in May 2016, the United Kingdom and Australia jointly deported 40 Nigerians for various immigration offences, twice that same month.
Also in 2015, more than 40 Nigerians were similarly deported from the United Kingdom on the same grounds of immigration offences. Switzerland also deported some Nigerians that same year.
Just a few months back, no fewer than 140 Nigerians, were deported from Libya and also arrived in the country through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The Libyan deportees were mostly those who had been in detention in various Libyan prisons before they were released after the intervention of the International Organisation for Migration and the Nigerian embassy in Libya.
Meanwhile, statistics reveal that over 2,000 Nigerians are languishing in Chinese prisons for various reasons, mostly drug-related, while Nigerians are currently being held for various offenses in foreign prisons.
Asian jails are particularly notorious for holding a large number of Nigerians. Though an official statistics of the number of Nigerians in foreign prisons are not readily available, the plight of Nigerians in Chinese jails paint a gory picture of the growing list of Nigerians in foreign jails.
Last year, when one Nigerian who was briefly detained in China’s Dong-guan Prison was deported, he disclosed that the prison facility alone where he was held for over three months had more than 2,000 Nigerians detained in it.
The deportee revealed that many Nigerians have been incapacitated owing to the daily torture meted out to them by prison officials, while a lot more are on death row waiting for the hangman.
More interesting is the fact that one of the most common forms of torture is the shocking treatment where inmates are given continuous shocking from an electric device for up to two hours.
When going through this procedure, most of them urinate and defecate on their pants. More so, some people who have spent some time there have developed brain damage or some form of mental problems.