ASYLUM-SEEKER Bernard Mboueyeu has avoided being deported to his African homeland – after it is believed he self-harmed by drinking a chemical.
Mr Mboueyeu, who lived in Wincobank with wife Sharon until being detained by immigration officials, was due to have been flown back to Cameroon yesterday.
But, instead he needed emergency medical treatment after he is suspected of ingesting cleaning fluid. He was being treated in the medical unit at Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre, Oxfordshire.
Mr Mboueyeu has been fighting to avoid deportation because he fears he will be taken into custody on his return. He fled Cameroon in fear of his life after criticising the current regime.
Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, leader of Sheffield Council’s Lib Dem group and a supporter of Bernard, said: “It is a shame Bernard has ended up needing medical attention and there is concern for his welfare.
“A judicial review is to take place into the decision to deport him, on August 9, so we are calling on the UK Border Agency to allow him to stay in the UK until the legal process has been completed.
“What happens if the decision is found to be unfair and he has been deported?” Bernard is also supported by trade unionists and Sheffield City of Sanctuary asylum seekers’ support campaign.
Spokeswoman Kath Grant said: “One has to ask the UK Border Agency why Bernard was able to access cleaning fluid, when UKBA know full well numerous detainees have chosen this method to self-harm.”