President Muhammadu Buhari has signed a deportation agreement with the United Kingdom, which will see the deportation of Nigerian illegal immigrants and dangerous foreign criminals.
Most of the deportees were originally from Nigeria, but it was unclear if all those expected to be shipped into the country from the UK had Nigerian roots.
On Thursday, Home Secretary Priti Patel described the memorandum of understanding as a “landmark agreement,” making an example of Brexit Britain’s new immigration plans.
“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.
Official estimates place the number of foreign criminals in UK prisons at 9,815.
In Britain’s ‘New Plan for Immigration’, published in March, the Boris Johnson-led government said Britain had “taken back control of our legal immigration system by ending free movement and introducing 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.