Reports from Nigeria has it that the government of South Africa on Friday, deported 90 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences.
From our gatherings, the spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, Joseph Alabi confirmed this. He reportedly informed the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the deportees were all men. And, that they arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at about 3.30pm.
The spokesman divulged that the deportees arrived Nigeria in a South African Airways’ aircraft from Johannesburg; with the registration number – BBB712.
Mr Alabi was quoted to have said:
“This afternoon, about 3.30pm, 90 Nigerians were deported from South Africa for committing immigration-related offences. Some of them were alleged to have been living in the country without valid documents.
“They were received by the appropriate agencies including the police and profiled before being allowed to depart to their respective destinations.”
BuzzSouthAfrica is yet to get South Africa’s Home Affairs department to confirm this report.
Sometimes in January, it circulated that the department is calling for mass deportation of undocumented migrants from some African countries.
Then, Malusi Gigaba refuted the claims. He pointed out that international migration is a global phenomenon stating thus:
“South Africa, like many countries around the world, plays a careful balancing act in managing immigration. We value our connectedness with the rest of the world, our citizens visit and migrate to other countries, and so do we receive visitors and migrants from other countries.
Like many countries, we strive to attract tourists, business travellers, skilled workers and investors…our foreign policy supports the integration and development of our region and continent.
We are committed to making it easier for Africans to move in Africa. Foreign nationals play an important role in bringing new knowledge, skills, networks and dynamism…”
Meanwhile, the News Agency of Nigeria disclosed that South Africa in February this year, deported 97 Nigerians (95 males, 2 females) citing various offences.
This was never mentioned in South Africa. Could it be the country is silently deporting Nigerian citizens?