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Nigeria to sign MoU with Britain over transfer of prisoners

By Emma Ovuakporie

ABUJA—The Minister of State, Interior, Chief Ademola Seriki has said the Nigerian Government and the British will by April 2010 sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, that would make possible the transfer of Nigerians in British jail back home.

He disclosed this when the British High Commissioner, Mr Bob Dewer led a delegation of migration officers from the home office in United Kingdom to the ministry yesterday.

According to Seriki, the delay in the signing of the MOU was caused by the political impasse at the national level which  has been amicably resolved and within the next six weeks he is sure the Nigerian Government will be ready to perfect it.

He explained further, “we will not renegade on our promise this time as we do not have any excuse not to deliver as we are ready to receive them and we believe they must have learnt their lessons while serving their terms in Britain.”

“We promise them safe landing and will ensure that they are not victimised, those who have legal papers and are doing fine in their career will not be sent back home it is those without legal papers and had committed crimes.”

Leader of the delegation from the home office, the Director in charge of Migration, Mr Peter Jones said “We want people to come the legal way but we have to tackle the illegal way jointly with your government.”

It could be recalled that a similar delegation had visited Nigeria last year over same issues and as at then 400 Nigerians were serving different jail terms in the United Kingdom.

Those in the delegation include: Mr Bob Dewer the British Commissioner, Director in charge of Migration Mr Peter Jones, Angela Perfect and Mr James Mclougin.


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