*London Says Deal Intended to Rid British Streets of Foreign Crooks
Britain has announced that it entered into a prisoner deportation deal with Nigeria. British Home Secretary, Ms Priti Patel, announced the deal in a tweet on on Thursday, June 30.
According to Patel, the deal in which criminals of Nigerian descent serving in British jails will be deported to Nigeria to serve the rest of their terms, will help rid Britain streets of foreign criminals.
“Our new landmark agreement with Nigeria will increase the deportation of dangerous foreign criminals to make our streets and country safer and take the fight to the criminal people smugglers together to tackle illegal migration,” Ms Patel said on Twitter.
Ms Patel added that the deal, which coincides with the deportation of 21 persons of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin from the UK, is intended to take the fight to the criminal people smugglers together to tackle illegal migration. About 13 of some of the said criminals are in Lagos with the remaining eight Ghanaians shipped to Accra, Ghana.
The deportation deal, approved by President Buhari, is expected to affect only Nigerians illegal immigrants and criminals. It also syncs with Britain’s ‘New Plan for Immigration’ as published in March. In it, the Britishb government pointed out that the European nation had taken back control of its legal immigration system by putting a stop to free movement with the introduction of a new points-based immigration system.
“The UK now decides who comes to our country based on the skills people have to offer, not where their passport is from,” the policy document said.
About 9,815 foreign criminals are officially estimated to be in several UK prisons.
WDeportation and migration from the UK have been frequently talked about after the Home Office announced plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda in April.
However, the European human rights court issued a last-minute injunction two weeks ago to put a hold on the deportation of asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda. The judgement effectively stalled the deal with Rwanda which was announced April 14.