Luqman Onikosi is an alumni of the University of Sussex and a well-known Brighton community campaigner and volunteer for numerous causes.
Luqman applied to stay in the UK on medical grounds after being diagnosed with Hepatitis B and chronic liver disease while studying at the University of Sussex. His health conditions – which are fatal if left untreated – claimed the lives of his two brothers in Nigeria, where medical support for this condition is not available.
Luqman has explored all available possibilities for treatment in Nigeria to no avail. Dr C. I. Anyanwu, a virology specialist, confirming in evidence submitted to the court hearing that ‘there is no definitive treatment available for the level of his condition he is experiencing in Nigeria at present.’
Being forced to return to Nigeria would be a death sentence for Luqman. The many years of waiting for a positive outcome from the Home Office has exacerbated Luqman’s mental and physical health.
Over 7,500 people signed a petition requesting the Home Office grant Luqman ‘Leave to Remain,’ and his case has been backed by high profile figures such as Noam Chomsky and academics from across the UK.
Now Luqman’s friends and supporters are hoping that a Home Office decision to remove Luqman from the country will be overturned, after he won the right to appeal his case before a judge. The Campaign to Stop the Deportation of Luqman Onikosi have informed us that Luqman is due back for a immigration tribunal hearing on Friday 23rd August, 9AM at Taylor House, 88 Rosebery Ave, Islington, London EC1R 4QU. If you are in the London area, please come and support Luqman at this critical juncture with his case. Luqman’s supporters have asked that you come exactly at 9AM to Taylor House.
For those unable to be in London on the day, Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC) is asking our followers to show their solidarity and support for Luqman at this crucial period. With the support of The Campaign to Stop the Deportation of Luqman Onikosi, we are asking you to take part in our selfie protest action on Twitter on Thursday 22nd August from 7pm-9pm.
To take part in our twitter storm, please do the following:
1. Print or download our sign.
2. Take a selfie photo with printed sign or downloaded sign on your devise.
3. Tweet photo to the following addresses: @UnisNotBorders @BriMigSol &
@ukhomeoffice using the hashags: #LetLuqmanStay and #DontDeportLuqman
Let’s make sure that we send a strong message to the Home Office that Luqman belongs here in the UK with his friends! All disabled migrants have a right to remain in the UK and should not have their disability and/or health condition be used against them by the Home Office. No disabled migrant should be deported to countries where they could die as a result of a lack of resources.