• Short Summary

    More than four thousand illegal immigrants were deported in the first two days of an airlift organised by the Nigerian Government to return them to the countries they came from.The first three thousand left on April 12; another one thousand were flown out the next day.They were among some six thousand so-called "illegal aliens" rounded up a week earlier by police, the army and immigration officials.It's Nigeria's second crackdown on people entering illegally from neighbouring countries.The first was fifteen months ago and thousands of the original deportees are said to have returned.Nigeria's new military government, which took power in a coup on December 31, has adopted similar measures to the ousted civilian government to deal with the problem.Deposed president Shehu Shagari attracted international criticism where he deported about two million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians, in January, 1983.In the fresh round of expulsions the new leader, Major-General Mohammend Buhari, appeared to be reacting to a loss of confidence in his ability to cope with the country's problems.The Government has held the influx of foreigners responsible for Moslem sectarian violence and for a rise in violent crime.Another reason for their expulsion was to open up more jobs for Nigerian citizens.Five airliners provided by Nigerian Airways ferried the deportees to their home countries in West and Central Africa.Before flying out they were taken to transit camps at the airport in Lagos.Conditions at the camps were reported to be poor.Those awaiting expulsion had little food or clothing and reports said emergency medical help was not provided.

  • Description

    1.
    GV PAN "Illegal aliens" arriving at transit camp at Lagos airport
    0.08

    2.
    SVs Illegal aliens dumping baggage and belongings at camp, sitting around eating (5 shots)
    0.37

    3.
    SV PAN Troops checking thumbprints of aliens standing in queue and removing some from the queue (3 shots)
    1.09




    Initials GG/BB





    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: More than four thousand illegal immigrants were deported in the first two days of an airlift organised by the Nigerian Government to return them to the countries they came from.The first three thousand left on April 12; another one thousand were flown out the next day.They were among some six thousand so-called "illegal aliens" rounded up a week earlier by police, the army and immigration officials.It's Nigeria's second crackdown on people entering illegally from neighbouring countries.The first was fifteen months ago and thousands of the original deportees are said to have returned.Nigeria's new military government, which took power in a coup on December 31, has adopted similar measures to the ousted civilian government to deal with the problem.Deposed president Shehu Shagari attracted international criticism where he deported about two million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians, in January, 1983.In the fresh round of expulsions the new leader, Major-General Mohammend Buhari, appeared to be reacting to a loss of confidence in his ability to cope with the country's problems.The Government has held the influx of foreigners responsible for Moslem sectarian violence and for a rise in violent crime.Another reason for their expulsion was to open up more jobs for Nigerian citizens.Five airliners provided by Nigerian Airways ferried the deportees to their home countries in West and Central Africa.Before flying out they were taken to transit camps at the airport in Lagos.Conditions at the camps were reported to be poor.Those awaiting expulsion had little food or clothing and reports said emergency medical help was not provided.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC4OR6JGAR9JGX2W9QWU5O9URU
    Media URN:
    VLVAC4OR6JGAR9JGX2W9QWU5O9URU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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