Nigeria Rejects Deportee From Britain: Private Jet Carrying Isa Muazu Denied Landing In Lagos

Dec 2nd, 2013 – Nigeria Rejects Deportee From London, UK: Plane Carrying Isa Muazu Disallowed From Landing In Lagos

Nigeria Rejects Deportee From London: Private Jet Carrying Isa Muazu Denied Landing In Lagos

A British government attempt to deport a ‘near death’ Nigerian asylum seeker, Isa Muazu, was thwarted on Friday after the Nigerian government denied the chartered private jet rights to land.

The private jet, hired at huge cost to the British government, returned to the UK, from Malta, with Mr. Muazu after hours in the air, sparking backlash against the UK government.

Mr. Muazu was bundled out of the medical wing of Harmondsworth detention centre, amidst protests calling for his release, on Friday for the flight to Nigeria.

Protesters from the Stop Deportations Network closed Harmondsworth detention centre, earlier on Friday, in an attempt to stop Mr. Muazu’s deportation, with one man supergluing himself to the gates of the detention centre. The man was eventually arrested at 7a.m. by a specialist police team who took several hours to remove him.

Mr. Muazu, said to be only skin and bones fat, has been on hunger strike for 100 days, to protest UK’s refusal to grant him asylum. His medical team declared him unfit to fly or be kept in detention, while rights groups condemned the British government’s desperation to remove him from UK.

Mr. Muazu entered the UK on a valid visa in 2007, but decided to remain in the UK for fears he will be killed by Boko Haram, whom he claimed had killed several of his relatives. After seeking asylum he was put in fast track detention, and his claims expressly rejected.

Mr. Muazu’s lawyers told the BBC he had been returned to the medical wing at Harmondsworth detention centre since returning from the failed deportation.

‘End of life plan’

Before arriving the Harmondsworth detention centre, near Heathrow airport, Mr. Muazu had health conditions including Hepatitis B, kidney problems and stomach ulcers. He complained that the highly processed food served to detainees was worsening his medical conditions but UK detention officials dismissed him as “behaving like a child”.

In October, his physical and mental health deteriorated. His medical team declared he was unfit for detention and edging towards death, but rather than release him, UK immigration officials drew up an ‘end of life plan,’ an alternative to deporting him.

A British High Court and the Court of Appeal also declared Muazu’s detention lawful, ruling that the UK Home Office had the right to remove a man who its staff accepted was close to death and for whom an ‘end of life plan’ had been drawn up.

But Mr. Muazu would not take a deportation. “I feel devastated. I’d rather die than go back. If they can take my body and bury it, that would be the only thing. I’m not going back, I’m telling you. There’s nothing there for me,” he told Vice Magazine’s Simon Childs and Lord Roberts of Llandudno who later started an e-petition calling for his release.

The ‘end of life’ plan included allowing him die on his mattress in his detention room.

Expensive deportation

Apparently, the UK government would not have an asylum seeker on hunger strike die in its detention centre. An expensive deportation plan, which included hiring a private jet, was drawn up.

The UK Home office hired a private jet, with flight number EDC684, registered with Air Charter Scotland Ltd, the aviation firm that flew Mary J Blige to Lagos, in September. The firm also manages the private jet of British business mogul, Lord Sugar.

The UK Home Office had planned to deport Mr. Muazu on a Virgin Atlantic flight but the plan was called off a night before. Rights campaigners said their pressure forced Virgin Atlantic to back down.

Campaigners also attempted to pressure the private jet company to decline the offer to fly Mr. Muazu to Nigeria. Protesters from Unity Centre Glasgow and Student Action for Refugees gathered outside the company’s East Kilbride offices Thursday afternoon, but the firm went ahead to execute the deportation.

Campaigners said it must have cost the British government between 100 to 188 thousand Great British Pounds to execute the failed deportation.

“How can you spend that much deporting only one person when he is not even a criminal?” Jasmine Sallis, a volunteer caseworker at the Unity Centre in Glasgow said. The Unity Centre have been at the forefront of campaigns to free Mr. Muazu.

The aircraft model used in executing the failed deportation, rights campaigners suspect, is a Legacy 600, the same model of aircraft used in deporting radical preacher, Abu Qatada, to Jordan. Mr. Qatada’s deportation was estimated to have cost the UK Home Office over 50 thousand Great British Pounds.

The UK home office is closed till Monday, while the Nigerian aviation authorities could not explains reasons for the plane’s inability to land in Nigeria.

Yakubu Datti, the spokesperson of the Nigerian aviation industry, told PREMIUM TIMES he would make enquiry and revert. He is yet to do so as at the time of publishing this.

Human Rights

UK’s desperation to deport Mr. Muazu cost it both public funds and social capital. Human rights campaigners condemned UK government’s hardline stance to deport the asylum seeker, saying he might die in the process.

Late November, over a hundred NGOs, actors and lawyers wrote to The Guardian to demand Mr. Muazu’s release.

“Like Isa, many feel that their asylum claims have not been fairly heard and that they are losing their freedom only for the “crime” of seeking safety in the UK,” the signatories said. “We are extremely concerned that Isa may die as a result of a hardened stance being taken towards migrants in the UK. We urgently call for clemency in this case. We ask that the home secretary reconsider Isa’s case and act quickly to release him in the UK, so that another death in immigration detention can be avoided.”

Mr. Muazu is not the only person on hunger strike in the asylum detention centre. Unity Centre claim there are at least three other men in the Medical Centre at Harmondsworth detention centre on hunger strike in the same ward as Mr. Muazu with possibly more hunger strikers in other wards at the detention centre.

“One of the men started his hunger strike on 5 November,” the Unity Centre said.
By Ogala Emmanuel, Premium Times

9 thoughts on “Nigeria Rejects Deportee From Britain: Private Jet Carrying Isa Muazu Denied Landing In Lagos

  1. This is gross wickedness on the part of the British government
    If they can spend that much on a chartered private jet what will it take them to approve his stay?

  2. If Nigerian government starts to behave like this, then i will go and collect my Nigerian passport back and drop my German passport. whiteman is dangerous, the money briatin boost of today is the money they steal from Nigeria and Ghana.

  3. NIGERIANS DETAINED BY LONDON IMMIGRATION UK BORDER AGENCY DECRY MODERN SLAVERY ” WE’RE DYING IN DETENTION.

    NIGERIANS DETAINED BY LONDON IMMIGRATION UK BORDER AGENCY DECRY MODERN SLAVERY ” WE’RE DYING IN DETENTION. I have the honour and respect to write you this few lines which i want to bring to the notice of nigerian government the way and manner we’re been detain unlawfully in the UK BORDER AGENCIES. we are dying in detention without any crime whatsoever. people with valid student visa coming to study in the uk for the first time have been arrested and deported without any reason and with the good help of the nigerian high commission staff who now used that as an opportunity by collecting £500 on each person for deportation from the uk border agencies to enable them facilitate removal to lagos nigeria by the charterer flight. i’m begging the authority to come to our rescue. so many pregnant woman are in detention in hundred, even men of God that come for crusade. our human right are been kept under carpet and some people are half dead before been put into the plane to nigeria. It has now became so worst that the nigerian high comission can even issue T.C (travelling certificate ) to nigerians, ghanaians and ivorians immigrant. the oga on the top at the nigeria high commission who full knowledge of this knows the nigeria is being used for easy destination for some african immigrant even the immigration will say it to our face that nigerian high commission are so friendly. we shall be very grateful if this should be call to stop and save us from the head of the evil people, we are dying in this unlawful detention whereby the court are not public court and nobody is giving fair trial no justice. we are all surprise that the united kingdom that preach human right are now the very country violating the law of the united nations. The fact remains that we’re being targetd by the uk border agencies just because we are nigerians and what’s happening here right now is nothing but new modern slavery and over 5,000 nigerians are in various detention centres in the uk.These people here been detained unlawfully without bail, people are forced to sign document to be deported.

  4. David,I wished you gave a specific name or organisation you know that can give direct help or how you think help will get those in need of it especially for the pregnant women and the kids,it really a sad story,I have never come across such case before and don’t know where to start even if all I can do is to keep calling the offices involved about it or maybe talk about it with the few lawyers from our church that i feel might wanna take the case if the UK & US law work together.How in words do you think it should be done,is there a name that should be called out,sorry about this.lots of unlawful events takes place because people kept quite about it or took it with a pinch of salt.if such issues should be made public am sure the rate you described it will deteriorate.

  5. THIS IS THE LAND OF MY FATHER,THIS IS THE NIGERIA I WANT TO BELONG TO, BRAVO 9J.,TIME WE TAKE A STAND IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY,ENOUGH OF PUSHING AROUND!!!

  6. I THINK THEY SHOULD TAKE HIM TO GUNTANAMOH BAY IN CUBA , IT IS A NICE PLACE TO BE , IF YOU ARE REJECTED .

    MY NEIGHBOUR HUSBAND SERVED TEN YEAR IN BRITISH JAIL , AND WHEN HE FINISHED AND ABOUT TO BE RELEASED , HE WAS TOLD THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO TAKE HIM TO CANADA TO SERVE ANOTHER EIGHTEEN YEARS THERE .

    SOME PEOPLE ARE HARD CORE CRIMINAL , THEY ARE VERY DANGEROUS TO THE SOCIETY AND SHOULD BE LOCKED UP FOREVER .

    BECAUSE WHEN SOME OF THEM ARRIVED IN UK , THEY WILL START BEHAVING LIKE SOMEONE UNDER THE SPELL .

    AND FOR THOSE WITH IMMIGRATION PROBLEM, WHEN THEY ARE COMING , THEY FAILED TO KNOW THE RIGHT THING TO SAY TO OYINBO.

    THEY THINK THAT AS FAR AS MY PASTOR IS THERE , AND I HAVE BEEN TO ALAAFA AND A WITCH DOCTOR .

    I AM SORRY , THAT YOU ARE COMING TO MEET THE GREATEST WITCHES OF ALL TIME, THEY ARE AGBARI , VERY HIGHLY INTELLIGENT PEOPLE , AND THEY ARE NATURAL HATER , THEY DO NOT LIKE AFRICAN AT ALL, BUT WE ADORE THEM LIKE GOD . BUT THEY DO NOT WANT US TO COME TO THEIR LAND .

    OUR LIVES WOULD BE AT EASE IF WE CAN JUST WALK AWAY AS FAR AS WE COULD , WHEN THE TIME COME

    A LOT OF THEM ARE IN THE SECRET SOCIETY , AND BEFORE YOU SAY ANYTHING THEY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE UP TO ,

    UNITED KINGDOM IS NOT FOR MR ODEDIRAN , IT IS FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE MR AND MRS AGABARI.

    YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR HOME WORK PROPERLY BEFORE YOU BOARD THAT FLIGHT , OTHERWISE YOU ARE BUYING TICKET TO HELL HOLE. HA HA HA ,

    ONE OF MY SISTER , WAS IN AND OUT , JUST BECAUSE OF WORK PERMIT , IT WAS A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE .
    WE SPEND A LOT OF MONEY TO PAY AND PAID NON STOP FOR THE IMMIGRATION LAWYERS , AND THEY ARE ANOTHER DEMON , SO HEARTLESS

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