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100 Nigerians deported from Finland

11 December 2014, 16:18

Ikeja - A total of 100 Nigerians were deported from Finland on Thursday after failing to get asylum.

The deportees included women, children and whole families.

They arrived at the Cargo Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, at 7a.m. aboard cargo airline - Privilege Gourment.

A deportee, Isaac Ejiofor, told NAN that he had no criminal records in Finland and wondered why he was deported after spending over one year in the asylum camp.

Ejiofor said he was earlier in Greece but later travelled to Finland to seek asylum in a bid to get a permit to work there.

"A policeman asked me what I want since I did not have any criminal record to warrant my deportation.

"I said I wanted to work and live a normal life in Finland, so he (policeman) told me to seek asylum and I did that.

"I was taken to the asylum camp and was there for more than a year processing my work documents.

"There were other African nationals there with four Nigerians. Suddenly, we, the Nigerians were brought out and deported without any reason’’, he said.

"The Nigerian Embassy in Finland refused to come to my aid, even after I paid 1 500 euros to embassy officials’’, he alleged.

Another deportee, who wanted to be identified as Jackso, alleged that officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Finland colluded with some Finnish immigration officers to extort money from asylum seekers in the camp.

Also read: Eight Nigerians deported from South Africa

Jackso said that the embassy officials promised to assist them to get work permits from the Finnish authority.

A female deportee, simply called Esther, said that she and her husband had been in Finland for over 14 years and was surprised that they were deported without committing any offense.

Esther said she was deported along with her husband and seven-year old daughter without any compensation.

She said that other Africans in the camp were given an opportunity to stay and work in Finland, but that the Finnish authorities were hostile to Nigerians.

She appealed to the Federal Government to come to their aid, particularly Nigerians in Finland and other European countries.



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