Nigerian jailed in UK for taking knife into immigration centre to get himself deported

Inner London Crown Court on Thursday jailed a Nigerian for eight weeks for appearing at an immigration office with a knife in order to be deported.

The court heard that Oluwaleke Yisa visited an immigration centre, Home Office’s Becket House, in Bermondsey, London with a large kitchen knife on August 20.


Mr Yisa has been in the UK for seven years without a home.

Prosecutor Nicholas Mesure told the court that Yisa’s bag was initially not 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,’” Mr Mesure said.

His bag was then searched and the knife found.

Mesure claimed Yisa said he had the item to stab people.

Yisa admitted possession of an offensive weapon.

Sentencing him, Judge Donne said: “I do not really think you present a danger to anybody. This is an offence which passes the custodial threshold.


“After release, you will remain under supervision for another year unless you leave this country before then.”

The judge urged him to contact the Nigerian embassy while in prison.