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Monday, 23 March 2015

PHOTO: UK COURT SET TO REVIEW CASE OF DEPORTED NIGERIAN WOMAN AND SON



Rafeeq Atanda in happier days when he lived in Gateshead

Solicitors will today ask for permission to appeal against the controversial deportation of a five-year-old Gateshead boy.

Legal teams acting on behalf of Rafeeq Atanda will argue his human rights were breached when he was removed from the country he was born in and deported to Africa.

Supporters of the family, from Bensham in Gateshead, are hoping today’s hearing will be the first step in returning the Rafeeq and his mother, Bola Fatumbi back to the UK.

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Ian Mearns, MP for Gateshead, said: “I’m delighted that this case is eventually going to be heard in court. Frankly all of these issues should have been resolved before a five-year-old child born in the UK was deported to a country he hasn’t even visited before.”

Despite being born in the country, Rafeeq was deported along with his mother who had been living illegally in the UK earlier this year.

His case has now been taken up by solicitors in London who are fighting to appeal the original decision. A hearing is expected to be held in the Upper Tribunal and Immigration Asylum Chamber in Field House in London.

Almost 10,000 people have now signed a petition saying the mum and son should have been allowed remain in the Bensham community which had become their home.

Bola Fatumbi with son Rafeeq, five

Dave Hayward, who had temporarily looked after Rafeeq when Bola, 30, was unwell, has been in constant touch with the family since their deportation to Lagos.

He said: “We are trying not to get their hopes up because we don’t want them to be disappointed, but Bola can’t help but feel excited.”

Fundraising is continuing in Gateshead in a bid to raise money to finance Rafeeq’s education in Africa. Pupils at Brighton Avenue School, where Rafeeq had been a pupil, yesterday held a disco to help raise funds.

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The Home Office has said that Bola was first told in 2007 that she had no right to be in the UK, while later that year she was jailed for nine months for possession of a false document, which she used to illegally obtain employment in the UK.

She subsequently applied for asylum. This claim was refused, the decision backed up by an independent judge who found her claims not to be credible.

But supporters of the family argue that Rafeeq life has been turned upside down by the move which has seen him forced to start a new life in a strange country.

Lord Jeremy Beecham, former leader of Newcastle City Council, ex-chairman of the Local Government Association and Shadow Justice Minister in the House of Lords, has also made efforts in support of the campaign.

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