FG To Challenge UK On Proposed Deportation Of 29, 000 Nigerians


While addressing State House Correspondents covering Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s visit to London, the Acting Nigerian High Commissioner in London, Mr. Olukunle Bamgbose said the commission is worried by the migration and removal policy of the UK Government which has tagged 29,000 Nigerians for deportation.

According to him, “we are insisting that due process must be followed before Nigerians are really removed from the UK to Nigeria.’’

Bamgbose gave four conditions that should be met by the UK immigration office before the commission could accept the migration and deportation agenda.

“First, we must ensure that they are really Nigerians; they are medically fit to travel; all the legal processes must have been completed and that they have role to play in Nigeria.

“You do not expect someone who has not been to Nigeria for 30 years to 40 years, and does not have any family and you want to deport him.

“He will constitute social problems to us in Nigeria; so these are the sore points at this moment that we have,’’ the envoy said.

Bamgbose noted that in spite of the challenge, the relationship between Nigeria and UK had deepened, adding that the UK is ready to engage with Nigerians in various aspects, in defence, immigration, trade and investment.





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