A flight conveying 30 Nigerian deportees from the United Kingdom arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos yesterday.
Why were they deported?
The deportation followed an announcement by the UK of a “major new agreement” with Nigeria, to collaborate on migration issues. According to the UK Home Office, the deportees were returned home for various reasons, and from the total number, eleven were designated as “foreign national offenders” and ten others as “immigration offenders”. Reports say some of the deportees are members of the LGBTQ community who traveled to the UK to seek asylum.
Alleged Human Rights Violation Protests have been reported at the female-only Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre in northern England. In response to allegations of human rights violations, a spokesperson of the Home Office said “the U.K. only ever returns individuals to their country of origin when the Home Office and, where applicable, the courts deem it safe to do so”, adding that “all asylum and human rights claims are carefully considered in accordance with international obligations”.