A killer has complained from jail that he will be deported to Nigeria, though he has never been to Africa.
Junior Bayode was just 16 when he joined a 20-strong mob including another Nigerian youth Victoria Osoteku that hunted down Sofyen Belamouadden, 15, in front of hundreds of horrified rush hour commuters at Victoria Underground Station in central London in the attack two years ago.
Sofyen was chased into the Victoria Tube station ticket hall in a scene likened to an “infantry charge” and attacked with weapons including knives and a samurai sword and stabbed nine times in just 12 seconds
Bayode was one of those armed with a knife, which he used after the victim fell to the floor during the ferocious onslaught. He was given 11 years for manslaughter in 2013.
Now 22, he blasted jail chiefs over the decision to deport him when he is due to be freed in 2019.
His mother is from Nigeria but he was born in Germany and came to the UK aged nine months.
He wrote to prisoners’ paper Inside Time from Moorland jail in Doncaster that he is “struggling to understand” why he is being deported. He added: “I may not have been born here but all I know is the British way of life.
Five trials took place at the Old Bailey with 17 convictions resulting.
Bayode, of Streatham, South London, said the Home Office’s “deport first, appeal later” policy was designed to hit migration targets “regardless of human rights”.
He added: “I have neither travelled nor been to any other country since I arrived in the UK over 20 years ago.
“My past, my present and my future is firmly rooted in British soil, hence why I am struggling to understand why I have been served with a deportation order to a country I have never been to – Nigeria.
“I was distraught when I read on the order that I can only appeal after my deportation.”
A few weeks ago, I wrote in one of my articles of kids who will grow up thinking they are British but will be massively disappointed when reality hits them and they are told that living in the UK perhaps all your life does not necessarily make you British. As for this murderer’s case, looks like he still has a few more lessons to learn and prison doesn’t seem to have taught him anything.