The Nigerian asylum seeker who embarked on a hunger strike for over ninety days in protest against his detention has been deported to Nigeria.
According to the BBC, a flight carrying Isa Muazu left the UK on Tuesday and has arrived in Lagos.
In his asylum application, Muazu claimed that if he returned to Nigeria he could be killed by Boko Haram insurgents from whom he fled after he refused to join their group.
His argument was rejected by the Immigration Tribunal and the decision of the Tribunal was upheld by the Court of Appeal.
Immigration minister Mark Harper confirmed his removal saying Mr Muazu had “no right” to be in the UK.
Mr Muazu’s lawyer also confirmed his arrival in Lagos saying his client was being taken to hospital following his arrival in Nigeria.
Mr Harper said Mr Muazu had overstayed his visa by more than five years before claiming asylum, and he was “not found to have a genuine need of protection”.
“Halting 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.
He said Mr Muazu had been offered “appropriate” medical assistance and the UK would cover the cost of an assessment in Nigeria.
Muazu’s case had attracted a lot of concern from prominent British personal who tried to appeal to the Home Secretary not to deport a man who was considered too ill to travel.
All their appeals, however, fell on deaf ears.
A previous attempt to deport him failed when a plane carrying him was refused permission to land in Nigeria.