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Deportees stranded at airport, say they can’t trace their families



Deportees stranded at airport, say they can't trace their families

A number of Nigerians who were deported from the United Kingdom last week Wednesday are wailing their fate with some saying they cannot trace their families after leaving the country years ago in search of greener pastures.

Most of the deportees; eight females and 33 males, mostly Yoruba, Edo and Igbo, who were deported for alleged immigration offences and were received by Dr. Bandele Onimode, Deputy Director, Search and Rescue, who represented NEMA Director General are still stuck at the airport.

An aged deportee woman, who revealed that she left Nigeria some decades back, said she had lost touch with her relatives, including her children as she cannot locate them.

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Another deportee, a 37-year-old Yoruba man said he left Nigeria about 17 years ago and had lost touch with home saying he had to put resources together to travel to the UK but could not raise the money to process stay papers even after he began to engage in illegal activities until he ran out of luck.
An Igbo deportee, who said his parents were Lagos-based before he left for greener pastures, said he might not be able to trace the parents because he learnt they had relocated home.

Information reveals that a number of the deportees used fictitious names in their documentation as they were ashamed to reveal their identities because of stigma which also makes it hard to contact or locate any of their relatives.




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  1. Margret Dickson

    February 5, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Why won’t they be stranded when they traveled out without remembering anybody in their family. That nonsense is too common to the Yorubas and Igbos, they will run to another country, settle down there and not remember their source.

  2. Animashaun Ayodeji

    February 5, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I seriously don’t blame this people, everyone is struggling to become somebody in Life and Nigeria left many with no choice than to seek greener pasture in another country. It is a pity Nigeria is even worst than they left the country years ago. Our government is not giving anyone hope of making a good living in Nigeria

    • Roland Uchendu Pele

      February 5, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      I do not think the situation of Nigeria 20-30 years ago is similar to what it is at the moment. These people travelled when life was fairly good in the country, and so, it wasn’t Nigeria’s fault per say. Some of our people just like to live as permanent visitors in foreign lands. And it’s very pathetic.


      February 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      So because Nigeria is worst means they should not know their origin ba? You spoke senselessly.

  3. yanju omotodun

    February 5, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    This will serve as lesson for other Nigerians in the diaspora who have forgotten home. No matter how comfortable we are abroad, home is the best. Always come home once in awhile to see your people.

    • Balarabe musa

      February 5, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Why are they even going abroad. Who told them that they can’t make it in Nigeria? People who travel out to for green pastures to me are defeated people.

      • Joy Madu

        February 6, 2017 at 4:23 am

        How will they make it when the country is bad. Am even planning to travel abroad because there is nothing in this country

    • Nonso Ezeugo

      February 6, 2017 at 4:27 am

      It is good to come home once in a while but when you check out the environment and the things you are to face it will be you like not to come back.Nigeria is a mess up country

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