Saturday 17 August 2019

Asylum seeker Pamela Izevbekhai deported to Nigeria reporters

CONTROVERSIAL asylum seeker Pamela Izevbekhai and her two young daughters have been deported.

Ms Izevbekhai, who fought a six-year battle against her deportation, and her daughters Naomi (10) and Jemima (9), were arrested at 1.30am this morning in Sligo, where they were living.

They were put on a 6am commercial flight from Dublin airport to Amsterdam. They were then transferred to a flight from Amsterdam to Lagos, Nigeria.

Ms Izevbekhai had claimed that her daughters faced the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM) if they were returned to Nigeria.

The asylum case has been one of the most high-profile and controversial. Her deportation was originally ordered in September 2005 but was the subject of several legal challenges, culminating in a decision by the Supreme Court to reject her claims last July.

She then appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. However, the appeal was rejected last month.

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.

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