PI (Relocation - Osu-Igbo - Christian) Nigeria CG  UKIAT 04720
Date of hearing: 23 September 2002
Date Determination notified: 08 October 2002
|Secretary of State for the Home Department||RESPONDENT|
This is an appeal from a decision of an adjudicator (Mr F Pieri), sitting at Glasgow on 18 December 2001, dismissing an asylum and human rights appeal by a citizen of Nigeria, from directions for removal as an illegal entrant on 10 July 2001. Leave was given on the basis that the adjudicator might not have considered the human rights claim with sufficient care: it is not clear what that added to the asylum claim. The adjudicator's findings on internal flight would have been an effective answer to both claims, if upheld, which the chairman who gave leave specifically did. However, having got leave, the appellant is entitled to a hearing on the merits of his case; so we asked Mr Winter to begin with the internal flight point.
a) other tribes could identify him as an Igbo; and
b) Igbos could identify him as an Osu;
but Mr Winter rightly conceded that there was no way in which other tribes could identify the appellant as an Osu. Mr Winter did seek to rely on the appellant's being a Christian; but, though there have been religious riots [probably as much by way of labels adopted by hostile tribes as in the north of Ireland] in Lagos, there is nothing to show that Christians in general are not usually able to live in peace there or elsewhere in the south-west. The result is that, even supposing this appellant still faced, after twenty years, any repetition of what he had suffered in his home area up to 1982, there is nothing to make it unduly harsh to expect him to take refuge elsewhere in Nigeria.
John Freeman (chairman)