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Vigil as family face deportation
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Protesters want the family returned to Belfast
Supporters of a Belfast-based Nigerian family facing deportation have held a vigil in an attempt to change the Home Office decision.

Comfort Adefowoju, who has four young children, is currently being held at a detention centre in England.

The family's deportation was delayed on Monday after Home Office officials were blamed for a ticketing error.

Friends and supporters of Mrs Adefowoju gathered at Belfast City Hall to urge the Home Office to reconsider.

They want the family to be permitted to return to Belfast.

Mrs Adefowoju fled Nigeria with her children two years ago, saying she had been threatened by paramilitaries there.

She has already won two last-minute reprieves after a campaign was launched and local politicians intervened on her behalf.

One of the campaign organisers, Fionola Meredith, said: "It makes no sense to us that the Home Office is pushing ahead with her removal when she has so much support in her Belfast community and compelling evidence from Nigeria."



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