A Nigerian banker, Adeyemi Opebiyi, has sued the United Kingdom authorities for allegedly turning him again from getting into the nation after he had been granted a visa and had flown from Nigeria to the Manchester Airport.
Opebiyi said that on arriving on the Manchester Airport on March 14, 2021, he was stopped by the UK Immigration official, who insisted that he should be interviewed earlier than he might be allowed into the UK.
According to Punch, he claimed that he was made to attend for eight hours on the immigration desk earlier than he was ultimately interviewed by an Immigration officer, who requested him to attract the emblem of Sabi Micro Finance Bank Ltd, the place he labored, as a manner of verifying his declare that he works with the monetary establishment.
Opebiyi alleged that after drawing the emblem as greatest as he might, the Immigration officer informed him that the drawing was not ok and he could be denied entry into the UK on that foundation and associated causes.
He claimed that he was subsequently detained for 10 days earlier than he was lastly deported to Nigeria on March 24.
He stated in response to his request for the evaluate of the choice, he bought a letter from the UK Home Office, studying: “You were asked to draw Sabi Micro Finance Bank LTD’s logo: What you drew bore little resemblance to the logos found on all the official paperwork you submitted for your visa application.
“Furthermore, you were initially unable to state the correct names of the current Chairperson and Managing Director of Sabi Micro Finance Bank Ltd. This is something a Head of Operations would know. You were also unable to describe the core values and mission of Sabi Micro Finance Bank Ltd as described on its website.”
In the swimsuit filed on his behalf by UK-based Nigerian lawyer, Mr Femi Aina, a Senior Consultant Solicitor with Martynsrose Solicitors, UK, Opebiyi is demanding damages for what he termed the illegal and humiliating remedy meted out to him by the UK Immigration officers.
In the courtroom papers, Opebiyi’s lawyer stated, “The applicant spent 16 hours on his flight to London (Lagos-Doha-Manchester). He was held for about eight hours by the respondent for further examination. He was interviewed after eight hours’ waiting and was asked to draw the company logo. Despite the fatigue and the flight stress, he tried his best possible to draw the company’s logo. The respondent’s action is oppressive as it does not have regard for his well-being.
The applicant showed his ID card, his MD confirmed his employment. The letter dated 9th April, 2018 and the one dated 12 August, 2020 from the CBN relates to his employment. His bank statement shows regular salary payment. All the above are relevant evidence regarding his employment. The respondent’s decision that he was not employed, or that false information was used in obtaining his visa, is wrong.
“By reason of the matters aforesaid, the applicant was unlawfully detained and deprived of his liberty for 10 days at Immigration Detention Centre (Colynbrook) from the date of his arrival, 14th March 2021 up to the date of his removal i.e. 24 March, 2021.
“The respondent has acted in a way that is incompatible with the applicant’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, contrary to Section 6(1) as a public authority carrying out Immigration Control.”
The applicant, via his lawyer, stated he was entitled to a declare of between £5,000 and £20,000, with curiosity.