An illegal immigrant walked into a London immigration centre with a knife because he wanted to be deported, a court has heard.
Oluwaleke Yisa, a 30-year-old from Nigeria, told an immigration officer ‘I want to leave this f*****g country’ during an appointment at the Home Office’s Becket House, Bermondsey, on 20 August.
A large kitchen knife was then found on him and he told an officer it was ‘to stab people’, Inner London Crown Court heard.
Lawyers have now claimed his alarming behaviour was a desperate attempt to be sent home after spending seven years in London and becoming homeless.
Yisa was today jailed for eight weeks and told to contact the Nigerian embassy while he is in prison.
Describing the events on last month, prosecutor Nicholas Mesure told the court: ‘Mr Yisa left his bag behind as he went through security… nobody bothered to make sure the bag was searched.
‘He went up to the counter and spoke to a member of staff. She asked him some of the standard questions, and he became very irritated and aggressive as the questions progressed.
‘He then said things like “I want to leave this f*****g country”.’