The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission wishes to set the records straight on a video circulating on social media of a certain Ms Joy Emovon who claimed to have been deported from Germany under grueling conditions, along with her three children
After thorough investigation by the Commission, these are the facts of the matter
1 Ms. Joy Emovon lived in Italy for years where she had a child. She was subsequently deported from Italy , later relocated to Switzerland where she had another child, from Switzerland she moved back to Italy, then subsequently to Germany where she had another child and lived for a few years.
2. Neither She nor her kids are German citizens, as German law does not automatically confer citizenship on foreigners born in Germany.
3.She applied for asylum status in Germany and was denied, with the denial of her asylum, continuous stay in Germany became virtually impossible.She then took advantage of the IOM voluntary assistance program which encourages irregular migrants to return to their countries , with a financial support of between €1000 – €2000.
4. Based on that decision, she was given an Emergency travel certificate from the Nigerian embassy and subsequently put on a flight back home
5. Claims that her hands and legs were handcuffed are not true.
6. While we sympathize with Ms Emovon’s plight particularly her three children, it is important to put out the facts so as not to mislead the public.
7. We continue to appeal to Nigerians to obey the laws of other lands while Government continues to provide an enabling environment for its citizens.
Abike Dabiri Erewa
Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission