A Nigerian asylum seeker who fled to the UK after his brothers were ‘murdered’ by gangsters says the family he has made in Chesterfield are ‘torn apart’ after waiting six years for his claim to be granted.
Eddy Ojo says his life is hanging in the balance as he waits for the Home Office to make a decision on whether not he can remain in the UK- and six years later, he’s yet to receive an answer.
The 30-year-old came to the UK in 2011 after his younger brothers, age 22 and 19, were killed in retaliation when Eddy denounced his membership from an underground crime ring.
Eddy said: “My mum said she couldn’t bear losing another son, and begged me to get out.
“I knew it was either that or suffer the same fate as my brothers, whose deaths I blame myself for every day.”
Using forged documents, Eddy ‘ran for his life’ and managed to gain entry into the UK where he spent many months on the streets before being moved to Barnsley and then to Chesterfield.
Things took a turn for the better when he met his partner of five years, Katie, with whom he had a daughter, Eseosa, who is now a toddler.
But Eddy, who has also took on Katie’s three children from a previous relationship, says he is unable to provide a proper living for his family as he will be unable to work until his claim is given the go ahead.
“I want to be a proper father to the kids,” said Eddy. “I am soon to be 31 and like anyone I want to settle down and be happy.
“I am not keeping quiet about this anymore. People need to know that the Home Office are toying with people’s lives.”
Eddy has launched a petition on 38 Degress which has hit more than 15,500 signatures.
You can view it here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/home-office-is-failing-take-decision-on-my-asylum-application
The Derbyshire Times are awaiting comment from the Home Office.