The Nigeria Police Force yesterday said it has been handed over 27 Nigerians deported from Madrid, Spain, for various criminal offences.
The Police said they received the criminal deportees on August 10, 2012, at the International wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
Police spokesman, Frank Mba, said the deportees committed ofences ranging from armed robbery, drug trafficking, forgery and illegal migration.
“The deportees who arrived aboard a chartered Spanish Airline were received at the airport at 07:30am, by officers from the INTERPOL National Central Bureau, Lagos, following directives issued on August 9, 2012, by the office of the Inspector-General of Police.
“They were immediately transferred to the office of the bureau, where they were screened to determine their culpability to the allegations against them. At the end of a meticulous and painstaking screening exercise conducted by a combined team of officers from the Police, SSS, NDLEA and the Nigerian Immigration Service, fourteen of the deportees were found not culpable for any of the alleged crimes, just as no other credible reason was found to have been proffered by the Spanish authorities for their deportation.