Edo Anti-Trafficking Group Express Worry Over Planned Deportation of 12,000 Nigerians
By Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
Edo Based anti-trafficking advocate, the Initiative for Youth Awareness on Migration, Immigration, Development and Reintegration, ( IYAMIDR), Tuesday, said the plans by the government of Germany to deport over 12,000 Nigerians seeking asylum may lead upsurge in criminal activities in Edo State.
He said majority of those to be deported are from Edo State and urged the government to immediately commence the training programs for deportees; this he pointed out would curb some of the negative impact of such deportation.
Okoduwa, in a statement captioned “ a stitch in time saves nine” also recalled the adverse consequences of the mass deportation of frustrated youth from Libya following the ouster of late Muamad Ghadafi took its toll on the society as crime and criminality became the order of the day in Edo State.
It would be recalled that the Global Head of Programme, Migration and Development at the German Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development, Dr Ralf Sanftenberg, had in February 2017 disclosed that 12,000 Nigerians seeking asylum when he visited the Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja.
Sanftenberg said: “We have over 37,000 Nigerians in Germany and more than 12,000 of them are asylum seekers”.
He explained that Nigeria being not at war and since the country does not persecute citizens on account of their political views, there was very little chance for the success of the Nigerians’ asylum claims.
Sanftenberg emphatically added that 99 per cent of the Nigerians were likely to be denied asylum status. “They may be forced to come back to Nigeria next year,” he said.
According to Okoduwa, “What this means is that over 12,000 Nigerians including our brothers and sisters who are currently in Germany risk being deported to join the Army of unemployed youth in Nigeria. That means Edo state will have the highest of the total number of the deportee.
“That means the DSS, Police and all others security agencies will have to double up their effort to ensure that the angry deportees do not go into crime and violence
He however commended the kind gesture and hospitality of all European countries especially German government and appeal to them to train and improve the skills of all affected Nigerians.