Published On: Tue, Jun 3rd, 2014 on 3:13 pm

Mother-of-two Afusat may be deported by 7pm today

Afusat Saliu

Afusat Saliu (far right)

A mother who fears her daughters will be subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) if she is sent back to Nigeria may be deported to the country by 7pm today.

Afusat Saliu, 31, and her two daughters Bassy and Rashidat, were taken from their home in Leeds last week and had been due to leave on a Virgin Atlantic flight to Lagos, but were given a last-minute deportation reprieve.

According to close sources, the Home Office has informed her solicitors they plan on deporting the family today.

Anj Handa, a close friend of the family who is in contact with Ms Saliu, told the Yorkshire Standard: “The Home Office has just informed Afusat’s solicitor they plan to deport the family at 7pm. It’s not good. We have around four hours, and we have no idea which airline she’ll be sent back on yet.”

Ms Handa, who assisted with finding a solicitor and working with him to prepare evidence, created a petition calling for the Home Office to halt the deportation. To date, it has gained over 120,000 signatures.

Ms Saliu fled from Nigeria in 2011 after a relative threatened to subject Bassy to FGM, which Ms Saliu objected to. She underwent FGM herself, but feared for her children so she fled her country.

Solicitors have been appealing for a judicial review in an attempt to allow Ms Saliu to remain in the UK.

They claim officials have ignored guidelines by ordering her deportation before the review is heard, and that her case does not seem to have been given ‘full consideration’.

The Home Office said it does not comment on specific cases.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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