Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 18th 2014 Contents Nigeria and Ghana after they failed in
a legal bid to stop their deportation.
The Government had chartered a
Caribbean Airlines flight to Ghana at a
cost of $2.6 million to take them home.
Before surrendering, Time and
Ibrahim spoke to members of the media
on the pavement opposite the division s
The men were represented by their
attorney Farid Scoon. Also lending sup-
port was Khafra Kambon, chairman of
the Emancipation Support Committee
(ESC), and president of the Latin Asso-
ciation of T&T, David Edghill.
In their defence Time and Ibrahim
said they were ill, hence the reason for
failing to report to the division.
Both men also claimed to have been
beaten badly while at the Immigration
Detention Centre, Aripo.
Time, who dismissed claims he was
a criminal, said he earned a living doing
different jobs while working as a security
guard and selling DVDs.
Saying he was in T&T for six years,
Time added: "I was detained before by
Immigration for one year and six
months for illegal entry and I was
released. We have been in between
immigration and national security and
they tell us different things.
"They tell me I have to do a paternity
problem with that."
He said he was released five months
ago but while at the centre life was
"hell" as there was insufficient money
to send his children to school.
Ibrahim, who lives in Barataria, said
he was in T&T for five years. He claimed
the blows he received to his head while
at the centre left him permanently deaf
in the right ear.
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Tearful goodbye from wife as...
Nigerian national, Time, hugs one of his children before
surrendering to the Immigration Department, Henry Street,
Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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Edghill said once the immigrants
prove they were capable of
positively contributing to society
they should remain.
"Once they show grounds we
need them here, leave them. Once
they are not capable to be here let
them leave," Edghill added.
He said former Prime Minister Dr
Eric Williams had granted an
amnesty to illegal immigrants but
believed at that time it was not
really beneficial for the country
"but now we have more qualified
people who could do a lot for the
On allegations that illegal
immigrants were contributing to
the crime situation he said that
was not the case.
Kambon said it was unfortunate
the men were branded negatively
and urged that the Government
take into consideration they had
families to look after.
He said up to late yesterday the
men were at the centre.
Last November 13 High Court
Judge Vasheist Kokaram ordered
the release of Ibrahim, saying the
State had failed to provide proof
that it has spent $2.5 million to
charter a flight to have him and
other African nationals deported.
Kokaram said although he was
satisfied steps were being taken to
comply with his order that Ibrahim
be deported, there was no
evidence there would be an aircraft
to take the Ghanaian back to his
homeland or that the necessary
permissions were received from
the Governments of Nigeria and
Ghana or arrangements put in
place to receive him and the
Kokaram dismissed an
application by the State for further
time to deport Ibrahim.
Two weeks ago National
Security Minister Gary Griffith had
said there was no witch-hunt to
target illegal African immigrants as
only nine out of 651 Africans have
been deported for 2014.
He had also said investigations
revealed many illegal immigrants
had resorted to entering into sham
He added: "People pay exorbitant
sums of money to their
prospective spouse in return for
the acquisition of resident status.
These persons frequently exploit
the marriage legislation of certain
religions which do not require the
posting of banns or notices,
despite not belonging to the
"These marriages are registered
by the Ministry of Legal Affairs
without any verification of the
person's legal immigration status
which is not currently a
requirement under any of the
Clutching her four children and
expecting another, Paula Kings said a
tearful goodbye to her husband, Time,
a Nigerian, as he surrendered himself to
the Immigration Division on Henry
Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
Police officers assigned to the division
were hunting Time and Ghanian Musah
Ibrahim who they described as "fugitive"
The men went missing on December
12 after they failed to report to the division
On December 14, 11 African nationals
were deported to their home countries of
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