Thursday, October 27, 2011

UK deports 76 Nigerians

Dr. Tafida Dr. Tafida
The United Kingdom government on Wednesday deported 76 Nigerians back home.
The Europe Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conservative-led government of Prime Minister David Cameron had at inception vowed to reduce migration.
NAN also reports that the Cameron’s administration also recently imposed a migration cap focusing on non- European Union migrants in the UK, including Nigerians.
The Head of Immigration in the Nigerian High Commission in the UK, Mr. Muhammed Isa, confirmed the deportation.
He told NAN in London that the Nigerians affected were deported for various immigration offences and criminal activities.
``The exercise commenced in 2005 following the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on migration returns between the two countries.
``It is also in line with global best practices,’’ Isa said.
He said officials of the two countries would accompany the chartered flight conveying the deportees to Lagos to ensure that their human rights were protected.
Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida, said many Nigerians in the country were surviving through illegal means, including credit card fraud, internet scams and immigration paper forgery.
``UK is no longer a safe haven; it is easier to live in Nigeria without a job than in the UK.
``Unless you have a confirmed job, do not come; make sure your papers are complete and not forged,’’ Tafida said.