A SECONDARY school prefect and his family have gone on the run after they were told their asylum application had failed and they are to be deported back to Nigeria.
The Adeniran family have been in Ireland for six years and were resident in the Mosney Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) centre, Co Meath.
Earlier this month they were told they were to be deported on the same day their court appeal to be allowed stay failed.
Ahmed Adeniran was arrested earlier this month at the Mosney centre and deported back to Nigeria. However his wife and three children were not in the centre and have since been in hiding.
The family’s eldest son Adebola “Bola” Adeniran, 17, is a senior prefect at Balbriggan Community School and unsuccessful applications had been made by the school to the High Court to allow him to stay and finish his Leaving Certificate.
On Thursday around 30 supporters of the family, including several of Adebola’s class mates presented a petition to the Department of Justice asking that the family be granted leave to stay.
Student Cian McLeod, 17, said: “Myself and a couple of other school students called a meeting in Balbriggan where people attended who wanted to oppose this. We’re asking for Bola to be allowed stay and finish his Leaving Cert, and if possible allow the family to be reunited back in Ireland.
“Bola is a star student and it would be terrible if his education is to be ended by this,” Mr McLeod said.
The family’s Cork-based solicitor Sean Mulvihill said the family had tried everything to get the High Court to allow them to stay and the school had even written requesting that the deportation orders be revoked.
He said the decision was very disappointing because the family had made their life in Ireland and the children had spent a huge portion of their childhood here.
The number of Nigerians deported following failed asylum applications outnumbers all other nationalities.
In 2009 Justice Minister Dermot Ahern signed 939 deportation orders, of which 236 were carried out. Figures for the five years between 2003 and 2008 show 2,431 of 8,960 deportation orders were acted on.
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