A Nigerian asylum Seeker has been awarded £2,500 in damages by a Judge for being unlawfully detained by Immigration officials in the UK.
Mr Bolaji Femi Jayeola had taken High Court action against Home Office ministers after he claimed that he had been wrongly held in immigration detention in late 2015. Deputy High Court Judge, Jonathan Swift was told that Mr Jayeola had been released on October 8 2015 after the emergence of evidence that he might have been tortured in Nigeria but Judge Swift said he should have been released on October 6 2015.
He added that the sum of £2,500 had been agreed to be paid to Mr Jayeola by Home Office ministers and called the extra two days he spent in detention unlawful. “My conclusion is that…the claimant should have been released from immigration detention on October 6, 2015, and that his detention for two further days was, for that reason, unlawful.
Judge Swift had examined evidence at a High Court hearing in London in July and handed down a written ruling on Tuesday, explaining that he understood that his conclusion might seem to be an “exercise in nit picking”.
“I appreciate this conclusion may appear to be an exercise in nitpicking since the claimant was in fact released on October 8.”
The Home Office also agreed to pay Mr Jayeola’s legal bills which have not yet been calculated.