By Favour Nnabugwu a
A member of the Nigerian community in Hamburg, Mrs Ngozi Utoh-Samuel, has called on the German authorities to temper justice with mercy on the situation of Nigerians whose asylum applications have been rejected.
The civil society activist, who is the founder of Positive Life Global Empowerment (PLGE) e.V., took to her Facebook page on Tuesday to address the issue of deportations to Nigeria in view of the security and economic crises that the country is currently undergoing.
There are reports that another group of Nigerian rejected asylum-seekers were deported last week to Lagos. If the news is confirmed, it would be the fourth deportation flight to Nigeria this year.
Ngozi Utoh-Samuel, who is the founder of Positive Life Global Empowerment (PLGE) e.V., is calling on the German authorities to temper justice with mercy on the situation of Nigerians whose asylum applications have been rejected/Photo:
“Information reaching us says that some of our people were deported to Nigeria on 21.09.2021. We are calling on the German government to stop deporting our people back to Nigeria,” Mrs Utoh-Samuel wrote.
“We all know what is happening for the past years in Nigeria. Nigeria is a no-go area. People feel better dying in the Sahara and in the Sea than in that land.
“I call on all who do migration work to use their influence to draw the attention of the government to this problem. It concerns every one of us, we need to create awareness of this. We have been crying to the world on the current situation in Nigeria.”
Mrs Utoh-Samuel however frowned on Nigerians who commit crimes.
“For those who involve in drug peddling and such evil, I will never be a part of that. I hate evil. I stand for those with asylum problems that are being deported,” she explained.
“We plead to government to stop the deportations. We know how difficult it is for my people. I would rather suggest giving them working permit to struggle for themselves.”
Speaking in Berlin in November 2019, Christian Bilfinger, Policy Advisor on Refugee and Migration Policy at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation), said about 12,000 Nigerians had been issued papers to leave the country because their asylum claims had been rejected.