The United Kingdom (UK) has announced a deal with Nigeria to tackle illegal migration.
In a tweet, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the “landmark agreement with Nigeria will increase the deportation of dangerous foreign criminals”.
The announcement on Thursday was made hours after the UK deported at least 10 Nigerians for alleged immigration-related offences.
The group was seen through security at Lagos airport before being taken away to a facility and were not allowed contact with the public or journalists at the airport.
Earlier this month, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) cancelled the first flight due to take asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda.
The flight was part of the Rwanda asylum plan, announced by the UK government in April, that sees some asylum seekers given a one-way ticket to Rwanda to claim asylum there instead.
The government said the scheme would discourage others from crossing the English Channel.
🇬🇧✍🏽🇳🇬 Our new landmark agreement with Nigeria will increase the deportation of dangerous foreign criminals to make our streets & country safer.
And take the fight to the criminal people smugglers together to tackle illegal migration.
— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) June 30, 2022