Isa Muazu, the failed Nigerian asylum seeker removed from the United Kingdom after being on hunger strike for over 90 days is back in the UK after the private jet chartered by the UK government was prevented from entering Nigeria’s airspace.
It is thought the Nigerian authorities did not clear the plane to land.
There has been no official explanation from the Nigerian Authorities why the aircraft was not cleared for landing.
It was also reported that the aircraft was airborne for several hours before it landed in Malta to refuel before making its way back to the UK.
According to sources, authorities in Malta were not too pleased about the pilot’s decision to make a stop-over in Malta.
According to the BBC, lawyers for Isa Muazu, said he was back at Harmondsworth detention centre.
Isa Muazu entered the UK as a visitor in July 2007 and overstayed till August 2008 when he applied for asylum. He was detained on the same day he filed his asylum application, which was refused.
His application went all the way up to the Court of Appeal where it was also rejected last week Monday, 25th November 2013.
Last minute appeals to halt his deportation were all in vain.
MPs, peers and even a Bishop of the Church of England appealed to the government on his behalf but their pleas fell on deaf ears.
Isa Muazu was initially scheduled to be flown back to Nigeria on a Virgin Atlantic flight on Wednesday 27th November but the Home Office hired a private jet instead to fly him back.
There is no official confirmation of this but the decision of the Home Office to hire a private jet may not be unconnected to an appeal made to the airline by the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, John Packer, that the aviation company should not cooperate with the British government in Muazu’s matter.
He was eventually flown out of the country on Friday at a time even his solicitors could not ascertain.
Shadow immigration minister David Hanson said Home Secretary Theresa May needed to “explain how this case has been handled”.
“How could the Home Office put a man in this medical condition on a long flight at taxpayers’ expense with no agreement from anyone that the plane could actually land?
“Deportations should be carried out with competence and humanity – neither of those things seem to have happened in this case.”
And Lord Roberts, a Lib Dem peer, told the Observer newspaper he had seen Mr Muazu on Tuesday “when a doctor had judged him too ill to fly”.
“Goodness knows what state he must be in now, the poor man,” the peer said. “He needs hospital treatment.
“[Home Secretary Theresa May] has caused immense harm to one individual and spent an extraordinary amount of taxpayers’ money.
“I hope there will be no question of sending this poor man away again.”