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3/23: Nigerian protests deportation order in Italy
Released 01 April 2009  By News Agency

Nigerian protests deportation order in Italy

The cordial relation between Nigeria and Italy may thaw if allegations of ill-treatment and discriminatory application of immigration laws against a Nigerian, Mr. Adeniyi Ramon from Ibadan, Oyo State and threat of deporting him by the Italian Home Office is carried out.

In an email sent to THISDAY during the week, Ramon narrated his ordeal in the hands of the Italian immigration office whom he said are damning the consequences and insisting that irrespective of his marriage to a European Union (EU) citizen, a clause which qualifies him to reside in the country, the authorities are ready to jettison it and send him home.
“I got married to a Romanian lady, Aurlia Elisa Braboveanu on the July 4, 2007, after our wedding according to European Union law, I am qualified to be given a residential permit in the country where I wedded to an EU citizen.”

Ramon said instead of applying the law in his own case, the immigration authority apprehended him when he presented his papers for regularisation.

“But when we went to submit the marriage certificate in the QUESTURA (the agency responsible for the processing of the permit of stay) at BERGAMO, I was arrested and taken to a deportation camp where I stayed up to two months before a lawyer intervened in my case.” He stated.

Ramon explained that when his lawyer enquired the rationale behind his deportation, he was told by the authorities that he was an illegal immigrant notwithstanding the material evidence including his marriage certificate to an EU citizen.

“When my lawyer asked them why they were applying discriminatory laws against me? Their reason was that I was an illegal immigrant. I was later released but given five days to leave Italy.” Ramon wrote in his email.

He however said that “at the moment, the lawyer has appealed on my behalf twice against their decision to leave their country within five days, on grounds that I’m married to an EU citizen but all his efforts have proved abortive as they rejected the appeal on two consecutive occasions.”

He therefore appealed to the minister for external affairs, Chief Ojo Madueke “to intervene in my matter and save me from separating from my family here in Italy. I also want the minister to know that this is one of several cases regarding Nigerians in which the Italian authorities are handling discriminatorily because our home government is yet to protest in strong terms against such treatments. In some cases, when we are deported, we lose everything we have toiled and earned legitimately in this country.”

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