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Belfast residents must be allowed home

19 December, 2007

Sinn Féin Assembly Group Leader MLA John O'Dowd has expressed grave concern over the imminent deportation of East Belfast residents Aderonke Falode and Comfort Adefowoju and their families to Nigeria.

Both families have been held in the Dungavel and Yarl's Wood draconian detention centres.

Speaking following a rally at Stormont attended by himself and Martin Mc Guinness MP MLA, Mr O'Dowd said,

"Aderonke Falode and Comfort Adefowoju and their families, originally from Nigeria have settled in Belfast with their respective children and have both played a positive role in the East Belfast community and are both active in their local church.

"Sinn Féin is wholly committed to the rights for all our citizens and my party opposes the use of draconian detention centres for anyone in contravention of international human rights laws.

"I am mindful of the successful campaign fought around Lordorice and Imelda Djountsu earlier this year and I shall do my utmost to reverse this decision at the 11th hour for these families.

"These families must be allowed home for Christmas. Sinn Féin shall do all in their power to assist this case." Críoch

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