Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10:57 pm
The Italian government has deported 40 Nigerians for committing various offences in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos on Tuesday night.
The deportees, who are all male, were brought back in a chartered aircraft with registration number EL-SMU/3737.
DSP Joseph Alabi, the spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, confirmed the development to NAN.
Alabi said 39 of the deportees were alleged to have committed immigration-related offences while one of them was allegedly involved in drug dealing.
He said the deportees were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Police.
Also on ground to receive them were officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
NAN gathered that the deportees were profiled by immigration authorities while those without serious charges were allowed to depart to their various destinations.
The Italian government had on Feb. 23 and March 8 deported 33 and 37 Nigerians respectively.