Nigeria-born British Gold Medalist Vincent Onwubiko is currebtly facing deportation to Nigeria according to reports in today’s Independence newspaper.
The disabled weightlifter who has won five gold medals for Britain has already completed preparation for his forced home coming following a series of law breaking activities.
is facing deportation back to Nigeria, the UK Border Agency said Monday.
According to UK Border Agencies, Vincent Onwubiko, 43, who suffers from polio and uses a wheelchair, could be flown from London to Lagos as early as Monday evening.
Onwubiko came to Britain in 1994. He represented Britain at the 1995 and 1997 World Wheelchair Games. He was selected for the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, but could not attend.
He claims that he could be dead within weeks if sent back to Nigeria.
“The government has given me three months of painkillers for my return to Nigeria and told me to get on with it. But I need proper care,” Onwubiko told the paper.
“Sending me back is a death sentence.”
He was sentenced to five months in prison for driving while disqualified after twice being convicted of careless driving.
According to the new British Law, immigrants who commit serious criminal offences are subject to automatic deportation once their sentences are completed
Onwubiko is being held at the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, a stone throw from London Heathrow Airport from where he could put in an aircraft any moment now.
“In light of a number of criminal convictions, Vincent Onwubiko was notified on November 13, 2007 of a decision to make a deportation order against him,” said David Wood, the head of criminality and detentions at the United Kingdom Border Agency.
“Full consideration was given to his case and the decision was reviewed and upheld by an immigration judge.
“His judicial review claim was found by the judge to be totally without merit.
“The UK Border Agency has not been presented with a European Court of Human Rights injunction preventing his removal and there are therefore no legal barriers to his removal from the UK.”
Onwubiko has written to Prime Minister Gordon Brown asking him to look into his case.