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Nigeria signs agreement with UK for deportation of illegal immigrants, ‘dangerous’ criminals

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Nigeria and the United Kingdom have signed an agreement that will see the deportation of illegal Nigerian immigrants and ‘dangerous’ criminals from Britain to the West African country.

After the memorandum of understanding was sealed between the two countries on Thursday, UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, described it as a “landmark agreement,” noting that the first batch of deportees had already left the UK for Nigeria and Ghana on June 30.

The deported immigrants and criminals comprised of 13 Nigerians who were removed from the flight in Lagos and handed over to officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service, while eight Ghanaians, were then flown to Accra where they were removed.

The deported African criminals, according to a UK Home Office spokesman, had been handed combined prison sentences of more than 64 years, and will served the remaining terms in their respective countries.

The UK government has been embarking on the deportation of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers and in April, penned a deal with £120 million to deport immigrants to Rwanda.

Though the planned take off of the first flight on June 14 was stalled by the European Court of Human Rights intervention, the Boris Johnson government is still bent on removing illegal immigrants from the country.

According to a U.K. government minister, over 10,000 people had been deported from the U.K. between January 2019 and May 2022.

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Over 150 endangered vultures poisoned to death in South Africa, Botswana

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Not less than 150 endangered vultures in South Africa and Botswana have been poisoned to death, according to conservationists who warned that the mass killings could push the birds closer to extinction faster.

A conservation group, Vulpro which raised the alarm on Friday, said the vultures were poisoned in separate incidents.

The group said more than 50 white-backed vultures were found dead in Botswana’s northern Chobe district on Friday, while about 100 others were discovered in South Africa’s Kruger National Park the same day.

“The repercussions of these poisonings are huge. It’s breeding season so their chicks will not survive and breeding pairs have been lost for good,” the organisation wrote in a tweet.

“Vulture populations cannot withstand these losses and the threat of extinction creeps ever closer,” it wrote in another tweet.

Vulpro’s founder, Kerri Wolter, who expressed worries over the attacks, said in both cases, the birds died after feeding from the carcass of a buffalo, which appeared to have been laced with poison.

Park officials in South Africa said they were investigating the incident, adding some of the carcasses appeared to have been harvested for their body parts.

According to a wildlife group in South Africa, vulture poisoning is very common in the southern African region as the heads and other vital parts are used in preparing traditional medicine.

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Authorities capture over 250 fleeing prisoners days after Congo DR, Beni jailbreak

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Report from the Democratic Republic of Congo says over 250 inmates of the over 800 who escaped from a prison in the jailbreak on Wednesday have been captured.

The prison authority on Thursday presented 166 of the inmates in addition to the 86 other fugitives who had earlier been captured with the help of the public.

Man hunt is still on for remaining inmates.

Military sources confirmed on Wednesday that the prison break happened in eastern region the country.

Spokesman of the army in Beni, Captain Antony Mualushayi, said “a group of unidentified Mayi-Mayi attacked the central prison of Kakwangura in the town of Butembo. Two policemen on guard duty were killed.”

According to the United Nations, more than 100 armed groups and local militias operate in eastern DRC.

IS affiliated group, ADF has admitted it was behind the attack as suggested earlier by the army.

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