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20,000 Nigerians languish in UK prisons, says immigration lawyer
By MOSHOOD ADEBAYO, Abeokuta
Monday, May 17, 2010

A United Kingdom-based immigration lawyer, Mr. Fola Rahman, has said no fewer than 20,000 Nigerians are currently languishing in various prisons and detention centres across the European country for immigration offences.

Rahman, who spoke as the  guest speaker during the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) ?Guest Forum? organized in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital last Saturday  also disclosed that many of those in prisons include  pregnant women as well as the aged and youths.

The senatorial aspirant for Ogun Central Senatorial District seat in the
2011 elections also revealed how the British High Commission rakes in millions of naira daily from visa applications from Nigerians, who are desperate to leave the country.

He lamented a situation where many Nigerians were desperate to go abroad without seeking proper advice, the immigration lawyer said ignorance of the immigration laws in the UK accounted for the alarming rate of fellow Nigerians now in prison.

His words: ?We have a lot of Nigerians abroad today that are stranded. They don?t have right documentations. Many are in prison now and their parents don?t know they are in prison. We have more than 20,000 and if you look at it that way, it?s serious,? he stated.

The immigration lawyer noted that there had been several changes in obtaining UK visas. ?In 2007, the British government decided that if anybody is living in the UK without having correct documents, it is illegal. Before then, it was not illegal. You have to seek proper advice before going abroad. We need to enlighten our people: it is not to make it at all cost but to dignify yourself in things that you do,? he added.

On what he intends to do for Nigerians, particularly those from his state of origin, Rahman disclosed that his non-governmental organization, Fola Rahman Foundation, intends to open an office in Abeokuta where Nigerian youths willing to travel abroad could get proper counselling free of charge. The legal practitioner also disclosed that he sometimes had discussions with key Federal Government officials in London when the late President Umaru Musa Yar?Adua visited London on the plight of Nigerians languishing in jails.

?I was actually invited by the former Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Michael Aondoakaa; I was there with the late President Umaru Musa Yar?Adua and the then Internal Affairs Minister, Godwin Abbe. I was with them with Chief Jimoh Ibrahim in London. We discussed this matter and the government asked me to look at it so that we can do what they call prison exchange. ?This means we can release their citizens who are in our prisons here and the UK government can also release Nigerians who are in prisons in the UK. So, I don?t know how far they?ve gone about that policy but I was involved in it during Aondoakaa?s regime.?

Rahman said his determination to inject new lease of life and quality representation for Ogun Central zone informed his desire to contest the forthcoming senatorial election. Commenting on the recent elections in Britain where three Nigerians won legislative seats, Rahman described the development as a beautiful start for Nigerians and Africans in the politics and governance of the United Kingdom.

He noted that many Africans had been encouraged by the electoral victory of United States President Barack Obama to participate in politics overseas. ?It is a beautiful start for us. I believe the drive came in when Obama won the US presidential election. Before, we (blacks) don?t want to get involved in elections. But when those that are there don?t make the right policies, it affects all of us. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all of us to get actively involved in politics. I can see a day when a Nigerian born in the United Kingdom will one day become the prime minister,? he enthused.

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Re: 20,000 NIGERIANS LANGUISH IN UK PRISONS, SAYS IMMIGRATION LAWYER
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2010, 08:46:11 AM »
What a reputation.

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Re: 20,000 NIGERIANS LANGUISH IN UK PRISONS, SAYS IMMIGRATION LAWYER
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2010, 10:05:28 AM »
Sad news for our nation
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Re: 20,000 NIGERIANS LANGUISH IN UK PRISONS, SAYS IMMIGRATION LAWYER
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010, 06:00:08 PM »
I still believe within myself that Nigeria will come out with good names in World politics sometime soon, its really painful for someone with dignity in his home Country, would now find himself in a foreign land being treated like a criminal all because if ignorance and careless conduct.

It is really better to always get all information about traveling out before embarking on any.  The visa centers can give you all the details you want if you feel the website is not enough. 

It is one thing to get acquire a visa, its a different thing to buy a ticket and its another thing all together to really have a clear aim and objective for traveling to a foreign land.  You must have a purpose.

I have you heard something like this, 'Dont worry any how when I reach there I will find my way'.  There is NO way like that, you must a definite purpose for your trip.

One has to plan fully before traveling as the beginning of the hurdles is to pass through the immigration in Nigeria and the foreign land you are traveling to. 

Can I shock you all, it not always a guarantee to enter the foreign Country with your visa and your return ticket, the port of entry into the Country is the final hurdle.  Be sure to go through the immigration and if you do not, sorry you may find yourself on a return flight from the Airport of the foreign land.  Please do not panic be yourself, its a normal regular procedure. 

They have the right to ask you some questions since you are a foreigner.  The same way Nigerian immigration have the right to ask any foreigner coming into the Country his mission in the Country.

Then another point is your conduct in a foreign land, you must be conscious of all your movements, there are surveillance cameras all over the place.   I am not saying you should not feel free but never take things for granted as you will pay very dearly for any careless conduct. 

You might get away with somethings in Nigeria, sorry to say but you will pay so dearly for the same action outside the shores of this Country. 

Just be a good ambassador of your family and of course your Country, remember the member keeps the your records right from your application. 

So beware and have a nice time out there. 

Cheers!
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Re: 20,000 NIGERIANS LANGUISH IN UK PRISONS, SAYS IMMIGRATION LAWYER
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2010, 06:49:00 PM »
I still believe within myself that Nigeria will come out with good names in World politics sometime soon, its really painful for someone with dignity in his home Country, would now find himself in a foreign land being treated like a criminal all because if ignorance and careless conduct.

It is really better to always get all information about traveling out before embarking on any.  The visa centers can give you all the details you want if you feel the website is not enough. 

It is one thing to get acquire a visa, its a different thing to buy a ticket and its another thing all together to really have a clear aim and objective for traveling to a foreign land.  You must have a purpose.

I have you heard something like this, 'Dont worry any how when I reach there I will find my way'.  There is NO way like that, you must a definite purpose for your trip.

One has to plan fully before traveling as the beginning of the hurdles is to pass through the immigration in Nigeria and the foreign land you are traveling to. 

Can I shock you all, it not always a guarantee to enter the foreign Country with your visa and your return ticket, the port of entry into the Country is the final hurdle.  Be sure to go through the immigration and if you do not, sorry you may find yourself on a return flight from the Airport of the foreign land.  Please do not panic be yourself, its a normal regular procedure. 

They have the right to ask you some questions since you are a foreigner.  The same way Nigerian immigration have the right to ask any foreigner coming into the Country his mission in the Country.

Then another point is your conduct in a foreign land, you must be conscious of all your movements, there are surveillance cameras all over the place.   I am not saying you should not feel free but never take things for granted as you will pay very dearly for any careless conduct. 

You might get away with somethings in Nigeria, sorry to say but you will pay so dearly for the same action outside the shores of this Country. 

Just be a good ambassador of your family and of course your Country, remember the member keeps the your records right from your application. 

So beware and have a nice time out there. 

Cheers!
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Re: 20,000 NIGERIANS LANGUISH IN UK PRISONS, SAYS IMMIGRATION LAWYER
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2010, 06:49:00 PM »

 

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