Eight European countries deport 50 Nigerians over immigration and drug related offences

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[Lagos]–Fifty Nigerians at the age of 20s and 30s have been deported from eight European countries over immigration and drug related offences.

The European countries from which they were deported are Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Hungary and Sweden.

The deportees arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, on a chartered aircraft with flight number P6-6991 in the early hours of yesterday.

The deportees comprised of 47 males and three females. Three of the deportees were repatriated for drug-related issues, while 47 others were returned for other immigration offences.

On arrival, the officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, at the airport, profiled the deportees while those with criminal offences were handed over to the Nigeria Police for further prosecution.

This incident is coming barely 48 hours after 40 Nigerians were deported for same reasons from Italy and a week earlier 23 Nigerians were equally repatriated from the United Kingdom.

It should be remembered that in February, 43 Nigerians were deported from three European countries– Germany, Belgium and Italy and on March 23, 155 Nigerians were assisted by International Organisation for Migration, IOM, to return to Nigeria from Libya after they were unable to cross the war-torn North African country to Europe for greener pastures.

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