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FG wades in on UK varsity, Nigerian students deportation face-off

The Federal Government has concluded plans to intervene in the face-off between management of Teesside University, United Kingdom (UK) and Nigerians studying in the institution over alleged deportation from the country.

A delegation to be led by a representative of the Nigerian Embassy in the UK, Amb. Christian Okeke, leaders of the Nigerian Students Union in UK will visit the school to meet with the management on the allegations raised by the students.

The allegations raised by the students were that a deportation order was served on them in the middle of their studies, describing it as unfair and unjust.

The decision was taken at the end of a virtual meeting held between the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Representative of the Nigerian High Commission UK, Christian Okeke, President, Nigerian Students Union UK, Yemi Soile, and many of the affected students at the meeting.

In a statement released on Wednesday by Director of Media, Public Relations and Protocol, NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the affected students passionately narrated their ordeal and were optimistic of a positive intervention.

During the meeting , Chairman NIDCOM and the Nigerian Ambassador to UK, appealed to the students to remain calm and not to take laws into their hands while appealing to the University to treat the students with justice and fairness.

It will be recalled that on May 22, some students of Teesside University from Nigeria staged a protest following the directives by the University authorities for them to leave UK on the allegations that some of the students defaulted in paying their school fees.

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