Offaly teenager Nonso Muojeke was facing deportation to Nigeria despite having lived in Ireland since he was two years old.

The teenager moved to Ireland with his mother and older brother after his father died in 2007.

The family fled Nigeria because of the ill-treatment Mr Muojeke’s mother had faced. However, their application for asylum was declined in 2009 and they were served with a deportation order.

Mr Muojeke’s mother continued to engage with the State through solicitors but the family’s application for humanitarian leave to remain in 2017 was refused.

The 14-year-old Nonso Muojeke of Tullamore College in Ireland who alongside his brother Viktor Muojeke and his mother Chidiebere Muojeke who were to be deported, were granted leave to remain in Ireland.

The Department of Justice confirmed on Wednesday that the deportation order against the 14-year-old and his family had been revoked and that the Tullamore residents had been given permission to remain in the State.

A student of Tullamore College, he was at the centre of a community led campaign to halt his deportation and that of his older brother Viktor and his mother Chidiebere Muojeke. The Uplift petition to halt the deportation was signed by more than 21,000 people.

Thanks to his fellow students and teachers who staged up an unthinkable campaign before the deportation was revoked.

They also printed posters of Nonso and shared on social media including taking to the streets in Ireland to campagn against the deportation.

Nonso issued a statement on Wednesday evening following the announcement that he and his family had been granted leave to remain in Ireland.

“I would like to thank the Minister [for Justice] for the humane way in which he handled my case. I am very grateful to my friends, my school, the Tullamore community and everyone else who has supported me. I am really looking forward to my future here in Ireland.”

The family can now legally live and work in the country.


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