Why Many Nigerians Are Being Deported
They have taken one of the most dangerous routes to seek greener pasture elsewhere, Nigeria News can authoritatively report, but they are back home in hunger and anger thinking of the next step to take.
That is the story of thousands of Nigerians that are being thrown back to the country, from foreign lands due to various immigration and human trafficking offences.
In the last few months, no fewer than 500 Nigerians had been officially deported from Europe and some African countries, including Mali, South Africa and Ghana.
Many of them had arrived from Libya for lack of immigration documents. Though some of them had claimed to have travel documents but the governments of those countries just did not want them.
The Nigeria current economic recession and of course the menace of Boko Haram have forced many of the citizens to go beyond the Mediterranean.
More than 5, 000 people were reported to have perished in the Mediterranean Sea with about 70 per cent of them from Africans.
Almost all Nigerian deportees from Libya lamented the inhuman treatment they suffered from their African brothers.
And each time a foreign airplane lands at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja and Nigerians deportees are led out to the tarmac to narrate their ordeals, it has always come with tears and sorrow.
This week, 23 Nigerians were deported from Spain, including 21 males and 2 females. Last week 34 Nigerians were deported from six European countries.
The countries include, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Iceland, Austria and Hungary. The deportees, comprising of 32 males and two females.
Before the Ramadan, about 175 Nigerians were deported from Libya. More than 100 of them, according to investigation voluntarily agreed with Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari to be deported.
The deportees include 34 males, 122 females and 10 children. Boldly written on their faces is frustration as they narrated their plight to journalists.
While the governments of those countries alleged the deportees of committing immigration offences, it was also gathered that many of them were arrested and deported for lack of travel documents, human trafficking and prostitution.
Almost all deportees from Mali were females and they were alleged to have been trading in prostitution and human trafficking.
“It has not been a nice journey. Life has not been smiling to me. I was put in cell in Libya for almost a year before I was set free and asked to leave the country. I saw my Nigerian brothers and sisters dying in the prison almost every month,” one of the deportees, who simply identified himself as Chucks said as tears rolled down his cheeks.
He explained that the inhuman treatment on Nigerians was too severe and that the Libya Government hardly told them their offence.
“The Libya police hate Nigerians so much that they don’t ask question before throwing us in the cell with no food or medical treatment,” he lamented.
Earlier, Abike-Dabiri Erewa had advised Nigerians in the diaspora who wished to come back home to do so. She revealed the inhuman treatment most of them were passing through.
Not only that Nigerians were being deported, the recent xenophobic attack on them in South Africa suggests that things are not going well with some Nigerians in foreign lands.
In the last two years, about 106 Nigerians, according to Nigeria News, had been killed through xenophobic attack while many of their businesses destroyed.
Besides xenophobia, South African Government deported six Nigerians recently over fake travel documents.
Reacting, the spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command DSP Joseph Alabi confirmed that the deportees were frustrated and that the government could only give them pocket money to travel to their various destinations after their arrival at the airport.
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in collaboration with the Police usually receive the deportees.