The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has reported 23 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences in the country.
The deportees, who are all males, were brought back in a chartered aircraft.
The Spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, who confirmed the news said 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 of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
It was gathered that the deportees were profiled by immigration authorities and given stipends to facilitate their transportation to their respective states.
It would be recalled that the UK government also deported 83 Nigerians in February, for related offences. Most of the deportees were said to be living in the UK illegally as their travel documents had expired.
Among those deported were prisoners who have almost completed their prison term.
The spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, South-West Zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the prisoners among the deportees would complete their jail terms in Nigeria.
“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.”
The Italian Government on March 8, deported 37 Nigerians from the country for similar reasons.
The German government had also recently announced plans to deport a German-Nigerian man, 22 and 27-year-old of Algerian descent whom the polilce suspects were planning to commit terror crime in the country.
According to a German news agency, this is the first time in the country’s history such a decision has been taken since Germany, like many European states, has historically subscribed to the idea of “jus sanguinis” — citizenship is determined by the nationalities of one or both parents and not by one’s place of birth.