A Nigerian-British politician and activist, Professor Alexia Thomas has raised the alarm over underreported deaths and mass burial of Nigerian and other African immigrants in the United Kingdom (UK).
In an exclusive interview with Daily Sun, Professor Alexia who is also the founder and chairperson of The Commonwealth Liberation Party in the UK, as well as founder and president of Independent Diplomat Commission, many Nigerian immigrants are kept in detention centres for more than 2 years before they are deported.
About 200 Nigerians were recently deported to the country from the UK. The UK Government, following uproar from pressure groups, had cited alleged breach of immigration laws as the reason behind the mass deportation. Other Nigerians have also been deported from other countries like Italy, Liberia, among others in recent times.
But revealing further, Professor Alexia alleged that some of the detainees are sometimes exported to other European prisons, where they are kept for months before they are finally deported to their various countries of origin.
“Since the detention centres came on stream, so many black people have been killed. They bury them in secret graves. The Immigration officers in the UK have confirmed that 12 people have died in these detention centres.
”The letter from the Immigration Office in UK, affirmed that 12 people died and that letter was written in 2008. People still die in these detention centres everyday. In 2008, I set up a desk for people, especially Nigerians to know if their people are among those confirmed dead,” she said.
She also spoke on the abusive nature of the British Immigration laws. “Some of them have been there for two years. I remember in 2008, I said terrorists are not kept in detention centres for more than 28 days. So, why would they keep people who have not committed any offence for more than 2 years? The immigration law in the UK is very abusive. Whenever they are not able to deport you, they just leave you there to waste away.
“UK Immigration officers are losing it. They just kill these immigrants and hide under the story that they resisted deportation. When they kill these people, they do not tell their families that they are dead. What they do is to bury them in mass graves. These things are happening because African Governments do not care about their citizens,” she said.
Responding to claims that the UK Government exports Nigerian and other immigrants who are detainees to other European prisons, Professor Thomas said: “Yes, they do. They are able to take detainees there because if the treaty the UK has with many European countries. Many of the detainees are thereafter deported to their various countries from there.”
(Source: Fred Itua, SUN NEWS ONLINE)