Africa: Nigerians seek court order prohibiting illegal deportation from Kenya
Five Nigerians have gone to a Kenya court, seeking an order to stop the nation’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s decision declaring them as prohibited immigrants and consequent deportation pending the determination of the case.
The plaintiffs, Munirudeen Adedamola Safu, Aliu Adewale Safiu, Fatai Oshodi, Musa Odeyoyis and Oluwafemi Akinmoyero argued that they were at imminent risk of being illegally deported at any time, due to Matiang’i’s declaration.
According to Citizen TV, the Nigerians argued that their deportation would be in gross violation of their rights under the Constitution of Kenya and rules of natural justice.
They ask the court to bar the government from deporting them until the case they filed is heard and determined.
The Nigerians argued that they had complied with all the regulations of Kenya and are legal immigrants, who possess alien IDs as well as active work permits issued by the Immigration Department.