Nigeria, UK sign MoU on return of migrants

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Awkright (left); UK Immigration Minister, Robert Goodwill; Minister of Interior, Abdurahman Dambazzau; SSA to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri Erewa; Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Maccido; and CG Immigration, Mohammed Babadede, during signing of an MoU between the UK and Nigeria on immigration at the Ministry of Interior, Abuja

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Awkright (left); UK Immigration Minister, Robert Goodwill; Minister of Interior, Abdurahman Dambazzau; SSA to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri Erewa; Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Maccido; and CG Immigration, Mohammed Babadede, during signing of an MoU between the UK and Nigeria on immigration at the Ministry of Interior, Abuja

Nigeria and the United Kingdom (UK) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on immigration.

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, disclosed this yesterday.

He said the development was a review of a bilateral agreement signed in 2005 between both countries on return of irregular immigrants, as well as regular migrants who had overstayed their visas.

Speaking earlier, leader of the UK delegation and Minister of State for Immigration, Robert Goodwill MP, stressed the importance of preventing immigration abuse by those who enter and leave the UK. He particularly commended the Minister of Interior for driving the process, which culminated in signing of the MoU.

Dambazau said the review was informed by new challenges that have emerged, and which could only be met by reappraisal of the agreement.

He said such include difficulties in ascertaining “the correct nationalities of some immigrants, as there have been instances where their declared nationalities are in variance with their real ones, creating problems with their return processes.”

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9 Comments
  • abiamone

    Deportation is one aspect of checking illegal immigration. Another one, and the one with lasting consequence, is helping Nigeria overcome corruption and money laundering. Once corruption is checked, it then becomes easy to develop Nigeria so that the push to leave the country is minimised.

    • Iskacountryman

      who should help you do what?

  • Huck231

    What kind of pact is APC having with the UK for goodness sake? Who do we call “regular migrant” and “irregular immigrant”? Why must we continue to agree to played-down colonial policies? Why is UK not signing such so called “return” or “deportation” pact with India, Pakistan, Syria, Ghana, etc? Why must we continue to sign funny pacts for the sake of getting pounds donation? So we have finally given them the right to throw our people out of the UK anyhow. Why is the UK people not so quick in return the stolen artifacts of Nigeria? Why are they not quick in granting us the right to travel without visa as was granted for other colonial regions? Anyway, no problem. They will one day sign another pact to beg Nigerians come to London for free shopping.

    • Iskacountryman

      we want our southerners back…

  • Ogbonnaya Okike

    Why nothing was said about the looted trillions of Pound-Sterling belonging to Nigerian which are stacked in Britain? Should Nigeria`s be repatriated from that country, not a single Nigerian will be wanting to live elsewhere. Well understood the effect of colony and protectorate is showing here. Britain designed Nigeria never to see the light of the day.

    • Apostel

      So, you mean illegal immigration is correct and all Nigerian illegal immigrants are above any law?

      • Rex Osa

        Wake up Man !!!

  • kumi

    It is time for Nigeria to fence our boarders with walls from Niger republic to Cameroun including Chad to save Nigeria from terrorist

  • humble zayon

    I WONDER HOW THIS TYPE OF MOU WILL WORK WITHOUT THE DIRECTLY AFFECTED PEOPLE BEING INVOLVED. A FRIEND WHO DID A PROGRAMME WITH ME IN UK AND JUST LEFT AGAIN LAST JUNE SAID HE WOULD PREFER TO STAY IN UK PRISON TO STAYING IN BURI’S NIGERIA!

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