Only 48 Nigerians were deported from UK, not 500 – NIS

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The Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, has faulted reports claiming that over 500 Nigerians were deported from the United Kingdom on Wednesday. The British Broadcasting Corporation had reported earlier that a plane conveying about 500 Nigerian deportees from the UK had landed at the MMIA. Read more after the cut…

The report quoted some of the deportees as saying that they were not happy to come back. Reacting, spokesperson of the NIS, Mr. Ekpedeme King stated that the United Kingdom Government on Wednesday deported only 48 Nigerians over immigration related offences and not 500 as widely reported.

“Some of them have overstayed their visa,” King said.

The federal government had recently expressed concern over the UK’s plan to deport 29,000 Nigerians, and has insisted that due process be followed before its citizens are being removed from the UK.

But a top immigration officials at MMIA, who spoke to newsmen, said the 48 deportees had nothing to do with the 29,000 Nigerians that the UK was planning to deport back into the country.