German authorities have deported a new batch of Nigerian migrants less than 48 hours after the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Senator Ekweremadu was billed to give a keynote address on Saturday at the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nuremberg.
The lawmaker was accused by IPOB members of conspiring with the Federal Government to proscribe the group in the South East and the killing of its followers.
Reports say the migrants left Frankfurt Airport at 8 am and are expected to land at Murtala Mohammed International Airport between 2 pm and 3 pm.
It is not known if the clampdown is related to the attack on Ekweremadu as police were said to have made several arrests on the day of the attack.
“The flight will be from Frankfurt on Monday. For those who have been given the information, the plane will take off by 8 am and arrive in Nigeria between 2 pm and 3 pm,” Co-ordination Activist for Network Refugees 4Refugees, a political platform for refugees and migrant self-organisation based in Stuttgart, Germany, Rex Osa, told The Nation.
“Those who will be deported will be picked randomly from their different accommodation centres from 3 am till 5 am in different regions and conveyed to a central place and finally to Frankfurt Airport.”
The activist urged the Federal Government to come to the aid of the victims as many of them are coming with health challenges.
“Among these people are many sick people. Nigeria should be expecting a lot of people who have psychological problems, and people with spinal cord problems leading to paralysis,” Osa said.