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Nigerian mum to be deported after EU court ruling

Tom Brady Security Editor

Published 28/06/2011 | 05:00

Controversial Nigerian asylum seeker Pamela Izevbekhai is to be deported shortly, after her six-year campaign to stay in Ireland was dismissed by the European Court of Human Rights.

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The court found the explanation of her use of forged documents to support her claims was inadequate.

The Department of Justice said last night that it noted the striking language used by the court in dismissing her case. It said that a deportation order signed in November 2005 was still in force.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter said he was still awaiting a report from his officials on the court judgment and could not comment further at this stage.

The case of Ms Izevbekhai, a mother of two who is based in Sligo, was raised 24 times in the courts here, with legal costs reckoned to have reached close to €500,000.

She fought the case through the High Court and the Supreme Court from January 2006 after she was told her application for asylum had been refused. She argued that her young daughters, Naomi and Jemima, faced a threat of female genital mutilation (FGM) if they returned home to Nigeria.

In 2009, the Irish Independent disclosed that members of the garda's national immigration bureau obtained affidavits showing that her claim that an obstetrician in Lagos delivered her baby Elizabeth in February 1993 and treated her before she died from complications after female circumcision were false.

Obstetrician Joseph Unokanjo admitted an affidavit sworn by him was a forgery. He said he delivered Ms Izevbekhai's daughter Naomi in 2000, and this was her first child.

Referring to her claims that her daughters faced FGM threats, the European court ruled that she had failed to substantiate that they could face a real and concrete risk.

Irish Independent

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