5-year-old boy born in UK deported to Nigeria

5-year-old boy born in UK deported to Nigeria
Published: 2015 January 25 17:40:25 (10615 Views)
A five-year-old schoolboy has been deported from the UK to Nigeria, a country he has never lived in despite a high profile campaign to prevent the move.

Rafeeq Atanda was deported to Nigeria on Friday night along with his mum Bola Fatumbi.

It happened despite an 11th hour appeal from Gateshead MP Ian Mearns and calls for him to remain in the country from campaigners.

Just hours before he was flown to the African country, Mr Mearns had asked the Home Office to review a decision to deport the youngster after more than 8,000 people put their name to a petition demanding he be allowed to stay.

Despite being born in the UK, Rafeeq, of Gateshead, has spent the past week in a London immigration centre with his mum, before his removal from the country.

The Home Office has said that Mrs Fatumbi was first told in 2007 that she had no right to be in the UK, while later that year she was jailed for nine months for possession of a false document, which she used to illegally obtain employment in the UK.

But the Bensham community say Rafeeq, who has some learning difficulties, now faces life in a country he has never known, thousands of miles away from his friends.

Joanne Allen, headteacher at Brighton Avenue Primary School, where Rafeeq was a Year 1 pupil, said: "The staff here have been very upset all week and the children have been asking where Rafeeq is.

"He, of course, would have been welcomed back to our school with open arms."

On Friday afternoon, Mr Mearns was notified that a review had been carried out following a request by the MP, but that Mrs Fatumbi's deportation would go ahead as planned.



Mr Mearns responded with an email stating: "I really do not think that the Home Office has given any weight to the welfare of Mrs Fatumbi's son.

"I cannot for the life of me think what a five-year-old boy, who has never set foot outside this country, has done to warrant his deportation to a country, Nigeria, that he knows nothing about and certainly never set foot in.

"I really do think that this child's position warrants that the whole case be reviewed.

"Please ask the Minister to think about the rights of this child in considering his mother's case."

Family friend Kath Hayward, who started the petition, said: "We've had more than 8,000 people sign since Wednesday - which is incredible. The support we've had shows the strength of feeling

"We are not stopping until we've exhausted every avenue available to us."

Supporters were last night asking the airline, due to carry Rafeeq and his mother back to Nigeria, to reconsider on humanitarian grounds.

A Home Office spokesman said: "Bola Fatumbi was first told in 2007 that she had no right to be in the UK. Later that year she was jailed for nine months for possession of a false document, which she used to illegally obtain employment in the UK.

"She subsequently applied for asylum. This claim was refused, the decision backed up by an independent judge who found her claims not to be credible.

"Every claim is carefully considered and where there is a genuine need of protection asylum will be granted.

"We provide help and support to those found not to have the right to remain in the UK in returning to their own country. If they refuse to engage with this process we will enforce removal."



Source - Mirror

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