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German-born ISIS suspect, 49 other Nigerians deported from Europe

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  • Detained by DSS in Lagos

…Paschal Okeke


In a historic move and without judicial precedence, Germany has deported their citizen of Nigerian heritage for suspected ties with terrorist networks.

The alleged ISIS suspect deemed dangerous by authorities, is among the 50 Nigeria migrants deported from various countries of the European Union (EU). The suspect is currently being detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Lagos for further investigation.

The deportee who was recently arrested from Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Hungary, arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos o Thursday.

According to German news agency, dpa, the 22-year-old man, who was born in Germany, was arrested alongside his partner, a 27 year-old Algerian, during investigation of planned attacks in February.

Prior to his arrest, he and his partner lived with their parents in Gottingen, a German city.

When the two men were picked up, investigators found two weapons, at least one of them a firearm that had been altered to fire live ammunition.

Also found were ammunition, flags of the Islamic State, IS, group and a machete.

The man deported to Nigeria has been banned from entering Germany for life.

Following attacks by ISIS last year, German authorities vowed to step up deportations of foreigners deemed to be threats.

The two men, according to, were arrested after being under surveillance for some time.

After their arrest, the German interior ministry requested their expulsion after classifying them as a threat to national security.

The report noted that their deportation has no precedence in German history.

“We are sending a clear warning to all fanatics nationwide that we will not give them a centimeter of space to carry out their despicable plans,” said Lower Saxony’s interior minister Boris Pistorius, SPD, following the court ruling authorising the deportation.

“They will face the full force of the law regardless of whether they were born here or not.”


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