UK Threatens to Deport Physically-Challenged Nigerian After 38 Years

The United Kingdom is facing criticism for its decision to deport Anthony Olubunmi George, a physically-challenged Nigerian man who has resided in the UK for 38 years. George, 61, left Nigeria at the age of 24 in 1986 and has lived in the UK since then without any criminal convictions.

Mr. Anthony Olubunmi

However, the Home Office recently rejected his application for leave to remain, citing an alleged forged entry stamp in his passport. George’s case has drawn attention following a report by the Guardian UK, highlighting his struggles and the recent rejection of his latest application on May 7.

This comes on the heels of a similar situation involving Nelson Shardey, a 74-year-old Ghanaian who has lived in the UK since 1977 and was also denied indefinite leave to remain.

Despite his long stay, George has endured significant hardships, including periods of homelessness and health issues. He suffered two strokes in 2019, which have left him with speech and mobility problems. Throughout his time in the UK, he has been supported by friends, having no close family left in Nigeria.The controversy stems from a forged entry stamp in George’s passport, which his previous solicitors submitted in 2005. George maintains he was unaware of the forgery until many years later. His current lawyer, Naga Kandiah of MTC Solicitors, attributes George’s predicament to poor legal representation in the past.

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In response to the recent refusal, Home Office officials stated: “Unfortunately this is not something that is considered an exceptional circumstance.” They have suggested that George’s family and friends can visit him in Nigeria.

George has expressed his distress over the situation, particularly given his health issues. “I don’t know how many different sofas I’ve slept on – too many to count. I don’t have my life, living the way I’m living now. My health problems since I had my stroke are my biggest worry. All I’m asking for is some kindness from the Home Office,” he told the Guardian.

Kandiah has lodged an appeal against the latest refusal, highlighting the ongoing debate over the treatment of long-term residents and the criteria for granting leave to remain in the UK.

Chidalu Glory

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