Aderonke Apata, the Nigerian woman currently seeking asylum in the UK has yet again been denied the right to stay. The UK Home office’s stance is that she can not be a lesbian after she’s been in multiple heterosexual relationships which resulted in the birth of all her children.
46yr old Aderonke, who reportedly fled Nigeria to the UK in 2004 after her life was allegedly threatened for being gay, has been battling with the UK Home office for years now.
At a resumed sitting yesterday February 3rd at a London High Court, the Home Secretary’s lawyer, Andrew Bird, argued that Aderonke was ‘not part of the social group known as lesbians’ but had ‘indulged in same-sex activity’.
He said “You can’t be a heterosexual one day and a lesbian the next day. Just as you can’t change your race.”
Aderonke’s lawyer, Abid Mahmood argued it was was quite unprofessional for the officer of the court to put out such sentiments.
“These are highly offensive and stereotypical views of the past. Some members of the public may have those views but it doesn’t mean a government department should be putting these views forward in evidence,” he said.
Aderonke who was in court with her wife-to-be , Nigerian Agboro Hapiness pictured above with her, said;
“The Home Office has treated me badly from day one. Staying in Britain means staying safe, staying with my partner and continuing my campaigning.”
The court has adjourned the case for a later date. I shall keep you posted, for those interested.