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Xenophobia: South Africa deports 97 Nigerians

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  • As FG evacuates 41 Nigerians from Mali

Chukwuma Dike

The South African government has in the wake of ongoing xenophobic attacks against African migrants in their country, deported 97 Nigerians for committing various offences.

This latest deportation is also coming against the backdrop of similar moves by Europe and United Kingdom (UK) that deported 43 and 45 Nigerians respectively in within the last two weeks.

The deportees comprising of 95 males and two females, landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Monday night in a chartered aircraft with the registration number GBB710 from Johannesburg.

According to the Spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, Joseph Alabi, who confirmed the development, six of the deportees were returned to the country for drug offences while 10 were arrested and deported for other criminal offences.

Alabi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said that others were alleged to have committed immigration offences in the Southern African country.

Meanwhile, all the deportees were profiled by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) while those deported for drug related offences were handed over to the Police for further investigation.

In a related development, the Federal Government had also on Monday evacuated 41 Nigerian girls who were trafficked to Mali for sex and labour exploitation.

Six of the suspected human traffickers were apprehended and brought back to the country for prosecution.

 


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