By Tinuade Salami
No fewer than 97 Nigerians have been deported from South Africa over alleged criminal and civil
The deportees from Johannesburg including 95 males and two females arrived the Murtala Muhammed
International Airport Monday.
The deportees accused of criminal offences were handed over to the police for prosecution, while those
accused of committing civil offences were allowed to go home.
Their deportation comes days after South Africans launched series of racist attacks on foreigners in the
country accusing them of taking their jobs and indulging in criminal acts.
The South African government as well as the Nigerian government and other African leaders have since
condemned the xenophobic attacks.
However, these condemnations have not quelled the attacks as migrants in South Africa still face series
of abuse ranging from assault, destruction of properties and sometimes death.
Most Africans migrate from their homeland to other countries seeking greener pastures.
In the space of a month, hundreds of Nigerians have been deported from different countries.
About 314 Nigerians, who attempted to travel to Europe through Libya, were forced to return back to
Nigeria following inhuman treatment melted out on them by foreigners.
Similarly, the 41 Nigerians girls who were trafficked to Mali returned back to the country after being
rescued by the Nigerian government.