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Campaigners disappointed at Izevbekhai’s deportation

By Ian Callagy
One of Ireland’s most famous asylum seekers, Pamela Izevbekhai, along with her two daughters Naomi and Jemima, was deported last week after the failure of her legal campaign to stay in Ireland. The three, who had been staying at the Globe House asylum centre in Sligo, were taken to Dublin airport in the early hours of last Tuesday morning and put on a plane destined for Lagos, Nigeria via Amsterdam.
Ms Izevbekhai said that if she was returned to Nigeria her daughters would be subjected to FGM. She had claimed that her older daughter had died as a result of FGM being performed on her. However this assertion proved to be false and consequently undermined Ms Izevbekhai’s efforts to stay in Ireland.
Reacting to the news of Ms Izevbekhai’s deportation, Rosanna Flynn of Residents Against Racism told The African Voice she was “very sad and very worried for the family in Nigeria.” Flynn said news surrounding the Izevbekhai’s plight had reached international prominence. However the veteran campaigner said the Nigerian authorities had reacted in a “very hostile” manner towards news of the case.
When asked about the new Justice Minister, Alan Shatter’s role in the deportation of the Izevbekhai’s, Flynn was scathing. She said she was “extremely disappointed” that Shatter didn’t overturn the deportation order, “he’s the only person in the whole world who could have done that. He chose not to do it in spite of the fact that he, himself, and 30 other TD’s that he had persuaded to support Pamela, actually didn’t do so. He was quite prepared, when in opposition, to support Pamela and unfortunately it reinforces one’s cynical view of politicians.”
However Flynn says that the deportation “reopens the debate on FGM. It needs to be revisited. We know that FGM is technically illegal in Nigeria but it is a law that is never enforced. The rest of the world needs to put pressure on all countries where the operation is performed on girls and women.” Flynn say despite claims to the contrary FGM is not a “family matter” and says the practice is closer to “child abuse”.
Ms Izevbekhai’s solicitor, Matthew Ezeani, said his client had been unhappy at the rejection of her application for asylum. Mr Ezeani, who had spoken to Ms Izevbekhai briefly before she left Ireland, told the media that she had expressed her “disappointment” at being deported. Speaking to The African Voice, Mr Ezeani said Ms Izevbekhai went through a “stressful and harrowing experience”. He said he hadn’t spoken to her since she had left Ireland and so he doesn’t know how the family are “faring” or what they are faced with on their return to Nigeria. Despite our efforts The African Voice was unable to speak to a spokesperson from the Department of Justice at time of writing.


29 July 2011   

 

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PEOPLE GET 2 STAY IN IRELAND -ON THE BASIS OF ENTITLEMENT IN LAW. PAMELA NEVER HAD ANY ENTITLEMENT EVER 2B IN IRELAND. SHE HAS COST THE TAXPAYERS MILLIONS - SHE MUST B MADE PAY THIS BACK 2 THE TAXPAYERS
by 154678961 on 11 May 2012.


I THINK SHE SHOULD BE ALOUD TO SAY AFTER ALL THIS TIME IN IRELAND WARE IS THE COMPASSION IN IRELAND AS THE AUTHORESS WOULD NOT LET HERE SAY OR THE MINSTER IN CHARGE HERE CASES I GODS HAS PIETY ON THEM
by Pmelia8 on 7 October 2011.

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