Reps move against de­por­ta­tion of 29,000 Nige­ri­ans from UK

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The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has passed a res­o­lu­tion man­dat­ing two of its com­mit­tees to in­ter­vene in the is­sue of the planned de­por­ta­tion of 29,000 Nige­ri­ans by author­i­ties of the United King­dom.

The com­mit­tees on Di­as­pora and for­eign af­fairs are to li­aise with Nige­ria’s for­eign af­fairs min­istry and the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion in Nige­ria on the is­sue.

The two com­mit­tees were man­dated to as­cer­tain the ra­tio­nale be­hind the planned mass de­por­ta­tion of Nige­ri­ans, al­legedly liv­ing il­le­gally in the UK.

The House equally urged the UK gov­ern­ment to put the plan de­por­ta­tion on hold.

Re­cent me­dia re­ports sug­gest that the UK gov­ern­ment had come up with new pol­icy that would see 29,000 Nige­ri­ans de­ported as a re­sult of il­le­gal res­i­dent per­mit.

Spon­sor of a mo­tion on the mat­ter, Rep Rita Orji (PDP, Lagos) said there was ap­par­ent dan­ger in the planned de­por­ta­tion and urged the House to in­ter­vene ur­gently.

She said al­though there are about two mil­lion reg­is­tered Nige­ri­ans who are cit­i­zens of the UK, there was need to as­cer­tain “if th­ese 29,000 peo­ple to be de­ported are part of the 2 mil­lion reg­is­tered Nige­ri­ans liv­ing in the UK.”

In his con­tri­bu­tion, Mi­nor­ity leader Leo Ogor (PDP, Delta) called for cau­tion on the mat­ter as “it re­quires that we en­gage in a se­ri­ous high level con­sul­ta­tion and ne­go­ti­a­tion to get the full de­tail of what is go­ing on.”

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