A Nigerian failed asylum seeker who has been on hunger strike for around 100 days was removed from Britain on Wednesday following an unsuccessful legal battle.
Isa Muazu has been returned to Nigeria, immigration minister Mark Harper said.
The 45-year-old had been detained since July after he was found to have overstayed his leave by five-and-a-half years.
began his hunger strike in September. His weight at one point was
measured at 53 kilogrammes (eight stone) — little for his 1.8-metre (5ft
was first sent to Nigeria at the start of the month but the plane
turned back, reportedly because Nigerian authorities refused to let it
Harper said: “Today (Wednesday), Mr Muazu, a failed asylum seeker from Nigeria, has been successfully returned.”
Britain rarely comments on individual cases, the minister said in
Muazu’s case, “he was not found to have a genuine need of protection”.
the removal of Mr Muazu because of his
protest would undermine our
asylum and immigration system, and provide a dangerous incentive for
others to follow suit,” he said.
“The health of those in our care
is something we take very seriously and all detainees including Mr Muazu
have access to healthcare provision.
“At every stage, the
government has offered appropriate assistance to him and has also
facilitated his transport to a hospital in Nigeria where the cost of an
assessment will be covered.”
Muazu claims he faces persecution from the militant Islamic group Boko Haram if he returns to Nigeria.