After an unbelievable 98 days of hunger strike , 45 -yr old Nigerian Isa Muazu was still deported to Nigeria after various court appeals for him to remain in the UK which ended in failure on morning of 29th of november as an appeal judge rejected an injunction request. Isa left in a private jet .His fault was that he overstayed in UK after his visa expired.
Mr Muazu told a Court of Appeal earlier this week that he would “rather die” than be deported. He first arrived in the UK on a visitor’s visa in 2007 but overstayed, saying he faced persecution at the hands of Boko Haram, a hardline Islamist group. His application to remain was refused, and he was detained by the immigration authorities for removal on July 25 this year.
Isa is feared to weigh just 53 kg with height of 5ft 11in as at when he was weighed last . There is serious concern for his life that he might not make the flight back to Nigeria. In contrary to this ,
According to Lord Roberts of Llandudno ,
“Isa Muazu’s removal from the UK and potential death on a flight or upon arrival in Nigeria is not only a tragedy but an end to the UK’s reputation as a country with humane, civilised, just policies and government,” the Liberal Democrat said.
“(Home Secretary) Theresa May must consider her position and her immigration control policies.
“Looking ‘tough’ on immigration simply must not descend to the low of allowing people to die to score a political point. We urgently need to review the systems of immigration detention, ‘fast track’ and enforced removal.”
Mr Muazu was challenging a ruling by High Court judge Mr Justice Ouseley last week that Ms May was not holding him unlawfully as it was his own decision to refuse food and fluids.
However, the judge did say that Mr Muazu should be kept under review after it was argued that his death would defeat the purpose of his detention, which was to hold him pending deportation as an overstayer in the UK.
Mr Muazu’s appeal against the judge’s ruling was dismissed by Lord Justice Lewison, Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Sir Stanley Burnton.
More than 120 people attended a vigil for Mr Muazu outside the Home Office last night.
Do you think Isa was done justice ? Did he deserve the judgement metted to him ? Do you think he should have undergone the hunger strike for 98 days ? Should he have just gone back to Nigeria instead of wasting his time in UK and putting his life in danger ???
All these questions need answers. So drop in your views lets rub minds.