UK Planning to Deport Gay Nigerian Refugee Despite Protest

Despite a major campaign, the UK reschedules the deportation of gay refugee Olalekan M Ayelokun back to Nigeria where he may face death.

Last week, LGBT campaign organization AllOut had hundreds of British callers flood the phones of the Home Office demanding a halt to the deportation of a gay Nigerian man and called for clear guidelines for asylum claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Despite in-person protests, emails, and calls from UK citizens, Olalekan M Ayelokun, known as Ola, is scheduled to be removed from the UK on Wednesday (10 October).

According to unconfirmed reports the UK Border Agency (UKBA) hired a private plane to send him back, costing tax payers tens of thousands of pounds.

The especially chartered plane, according to Ayelokun’s legal representation, is scheduled to leave Stansted Airport, London on Wednesday at 11.20pm, flight no PVT090.

Gay Star News broke the story that Ayelokun’s asylum application was rejected after a judge did not believe he was gay.

Several of his friends and lovers – including a member of the British civil service – had given extensive testimony supporting his assertion that he is an openly gay man.

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