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Trump Effect: UK Deports 82 Nigerians, Ghanaians

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…Chukwuma Dike

The Governor of the United Kingdom  (UK) has deported a total of 82 African  Immigrants comprising of 41 Nigerians and 41 Ghanaians respectively.

This is coming as migrants and governments across the globe are yet to recover from the United States  (US) President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order denying all refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries visa entrance to America for a period of three to four months.

The 82 West Africans were deported on Wednesday  by the British government over immigration issues viewed as serious offences in the UK.

According to report, the Nigerian deportees including: 33 males and eight females, arrived the cargo section of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos at 7:50am, in an unmarked chartered Airbus 330 aircraft.

Most of the deportees were obviously downcast. A mild drama, however, ensued when one of the deportees, an elderly woman who is said to be in her 60s, on alighting from the air plane raised her arms in jubilation, saying: “This is my country. I will make it here in Nigeria. I thank God for bringing me home safely.”

She then walked into a waiting Coaster bus provided by the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO).

It was learnt that the deportees had been kept in the custody of the British government since October 2015 over issues related to illegal entry papers, family problems and expired stay among others.

Their Ghanaian counterparts were first taken to Accra. Some of the Nigerians landed in high spirits and were seen going to pick their baggage after they were profiled by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other security personnel at the Lagos airport.

Few others had small package to carry after profiling by the receiving  Immigration officers and NEMA.

Over 30 British security operatives escorted the deportees to the country.

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