A Nigerian-born asylum seeker in the United Kingdom, John Abraham, was finally deported on Friday March 16, despite the intervention of organisations that pursue LGBT migrants’ issues in the UK and across Europe.
Prior to the deportation, Abraham was detained at the Coinbrook Immigration Removal Centre near Heathrow airport, West London and was initially due to be deported to Nigeria on March 8.
Bisi Alimi, Coordinator of the Coalition of LGBT migrants in Europe said, “I am disappointed in the UK Immigration and fear how much more persecution LGBT migrants will face in Europe.”
Expressing his fear for Abraham’s safety in Nigeria, he said, “I have not heard from him and that is even getting me worried. He was really emotionally down when he was speaking with me. He was not even crying, just choking with anger.”
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