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Canada Rejects Ex-SARS Operative’s Application for Asylum

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Canada has became an software for asylum by means of a former member of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

A former member of the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Olushola Popoola has considered his software for asylum in Canada rejected.

Popoola’s utility used to be rejected by using the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board in Canada due to the fact he was once a member of the defunct unit of the Nigeria Police Force between 2002 and 2015 when he used to be a member of the police.

Popoola left Nigeria in 2016 for the United States earlier than he travelled to Canada, the place he claimed refugee status. His declare was, however, suspended whilst his case was once referred to the Immigration Division for a willpower of his inadmissibility.

According to the Canadian immigration department, Popoola was once in consequence located “inadmissible pursuant to part 35(1)(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, SC 2001, c 27 [the Act]” due to the fact “the Nigeria Police Force, and the SARS in particular, have dedicated crimes towards humanity from 2002 to 2015” along with “corruption and impunity” as properly as “extrajudicial killings”.

Popoola later approached the Federal Court of Canada to are seeking judicial assessment of his willpower of inadmissibility, arguing that he had resigned in 2011 however the Force did no longer take delivery of his resignation, consequently he persevered until 2015.
But the presiding judge, Sébastien Grammond, on April 8, 2021, disregarded the software for judicial assessment whilst upholding the choice of the Immigration Division.

Grammond additionally stated Popoola resigned for private reasons, no longer due to the fact he realized of human rights abuses.

“I am dismissing his application, because the decision-maker reasonably assessed the relevant factors for deciding whether Mr. Popoola made a knowing and significant contribution to the crimes committed by the Nigerian Police Force,” the decide ruled.

The PUNCH had before said that the allegations of human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings had culminated into weeks of nationwide protests in Nigeria closing October with youths thronging the streets in search of justice for Nigerians unjustly slain by using SARS operatives.

The police authorities later disbanded SARS and announced the formation of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team to change the defunct police unit however human rights abuses can’t be stated to have been stopped.

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