The British Government is in another deportation dilemma regarding a convicted criminal as they couldn’t determine his original nationality and where to send him to.
24-yr old Jolan Giwa arrived at Heathrow on a flight from Nigeria in 1999 and claimed asylum after telling officials he was a ten-year-old from Sierra Leone whose parents were killed in its civil war.
His asylum claim was refused but he was given permission to stay for four years, before being given a permanent right to stay in 2005.
He is believed to have become the ‘general’ of an 80-strong gang responsible for a string of crimes including stabbings, shootings and killings.
The government have decided to deport him but he remains in Britain today because his nationality is undeterminable and both Nigeria and Sierra-Leone are refusing to take him.
He went to prison for 27 months in February 2009 for robbery and theft before later using a phone smuggled into prison to post a picture of himself pumping iron in his cell.
At the end of his sentence, he was detained at Belmarsh Prison as border chiefs made efforts to deport him.
After their efforts failed he was released from prison and moved to a bail hostel in Newport, South Wales.
Giwa claims, however, that his street gang, ‘Don’t Say Nothing’ are a band of rappers imitating 50 Cent and Tupac – and not hardened criminals.
He said: ‘It was about making music. We did think we were gangsters because that’s what you think with American hip hop.
‘But it was more of a group of friends that would play football together and stuff.’
He appeared in YouTube videos where claimed to be ‘the f***ing general’ and bragged of ‘shanking’ his rivals – street slang for stabbing.
Police said Giwa had a ‘clear propensity for violence’ and posed a ‘serious threat to the public’.
Father-of-two Giwa, who has not seen his children since 2007, claims to be a ‘family man’ who has put his violent past behind him.
He said: ‘I’m a changed man – since being in Newport I’ve not had any contact with any gangs.
‘This is a great area – it’s only fair I treat this place with respect and give back to Newport.
‘I was 17 when I was convicted and those were the last crimes I was involved in. I never think I’m perfect but I think the way I’ve been targeted is worse than a terrorist – I have never killed anyone.
‘I’m not a violent person, nobody is scared of me, I’m not a harm to the public.’
The Home Office are still trying to kick Giwa out of Britain.