The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Thursday told the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs that no fewer than three million Nigerians were illegally living in the United Kingdom.
While appearing before the committee, NIS Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Investigation and Intelligence, Mr. T.A. Hundeyin, dismissed as untrue the insinuation that the United Kingdom had perfected plans to deport 29,000 Nigerians.
He explained that besides the 48 Nigerians deported to the country from the UK last week, there was no further plan to deport more Nigerians.
According to him, those deported were found guilty of offences inimical to the laws of the country adding that only 45 of them actually committed such offences.
He noted that the remaining three were only unlucky to have fallen victims of such deportation.
The briefing was the fallout of a motion by Senator Rose Oko (Cross River North) last week during which she raised an alarm over an alleged plan by the government of the United Kingdom to deport many Nigerians.
The insinuation was caused by the earlier deportation as Oko argued that if deportation of Nigerians became imminent, due process must be followed.
Consequently, the Senate mandated its Foreign Affairs Committee to investigate the allegation and report its findings back to the Senate.