41 Nigerians Deported From The US


The United States of America (USA) has deported 41 Nigerians for the breach of various laws ranging from drugs, police and immigration offences in the country.

Nine of the deportees were sent back to Nigeria for drug-related offences, 26 for Police-related offences while six were deported for immigration offences.

The 41 Nigerians (all males) were flown into the country through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos with a chartered aircraft, Miami Air International with the registration number N733MA. The aircraft touched down the Lagos airport at about 12:20 pm Nigerian time.

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The Nigeria Immigration Service, Deputy Controller of Immigration, King Ekpedeme, has confirmed the deportation.

Immigration sources at the airport say the Nigerian deportees would be further detailed and interrogated to ascertain if they required any form of rehabilitation before being set free to enter into the country and mix freely with the Civil population.

Those who were however deported for the breach of the US immigration laws were released to go to their various destinations after passing through Immigration profiling that ascertained they were Nigerian citizens.

The deportation is coming barely a week after 162 Nigerians who had been stranded in Libya returned to Nigeria voluntarily.

Recall that last just last month, the United Kingdom and Australia jointly deported the second batch of 40 Nigerians in one month.

The deportees comprised of 33 males and 7 females who were accused of committing immigration offences that were not specified by the deporting countries. However, sources said they were reportedly returned from their host countries for overstaying their visas and other immigration offences.

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Apart from Nigerians that were deported by the two countries, some citizens of Africa especially from Ghana, Liberia and Egypt were equally deported alongside the Nigerians.

Also in April, 48 Nigerians were jointly deported by UK and Swiss governments for residing in their countries illegally.