The United Kingdom is reportedly working with the Federal Government to deport 29,000 Nigerians , an exercise that is expected to commence soon after fulfillment of all legal obligations.
The UK stated that it would continue to maintain dialogue with the FG on this sensitive matter so as to preserve the relationship between both countries.
The UK High Commission in Nigeria said that the removal of people who are there illegally is being done in conjunction with relevant Nigerian authorities including the Nigeria High Commission in London.
The acting Nigeria High Commissioner in London, Olukunle Bamgbose, expressed worries over the removal policy of the UK government. He said:
“I think about 29,000 Nigerians have been designated to be deported. We are insisting that due process must be followed before Nigerians are really removed from the UK to Nigeria,” Bamgbose had said.
The Press and Public Affairs Officer, UK High Commission, Joe Abuku, said the UK had always worked with the Nigerian FG to facilitate visas for plenty of travellers between the two countries and “to ensure the return of the small minority who choose not to return when their visa expired.”