The killer of Nathaniel Eyewu-Ago should have been deported a long time ago

The killer of Nathaniel Eyewu-Ago should have been deported a long time ago

The parents of Nathaniel Eyewu-Ago, who was murdered by Jamaican criminal Ernesto Elliott, have criticized celebrity campaigners who appealed against Elliott’s deportation. Godfrey and Grace Ago from south-east London argued that Elliott should not have been free on Britain’s streets to kill their son, as he had a history of violent and criminal behavior, including possession of an imitation firearm and 17 previous convictions.
They singled out celebrities such as supermodel Naomi Campbell, historian Professor David Olusoga, and actor Thandiwe Newton for their efforts to stop the deportation plane to Jamaica in December 2020, which was due to have Elliott on board.

Elliott’s lawyers lodged a last-minute challenge against deportation to his homeland, claiming it would breach his rights to be separated from his UK-based family, including son Nico who went on to be convicted alongside his father of Nathaniel Eyewu-Ago’s murder. The victim’s mother, Grace Ago, expressed her bitterness at Elliott’s presence in the UK, stating that she wished he was not here to kill her son.

Meanwhile, Godfrey Ago argued that Elliott should not have been in the UK in the first place, and that the celebrities who campaigned against his deportation were on the wrong side.

Under immigration laws introduced by the Labour government in 2007, the Home Secretary must make a deportation order against any foreign criminal jailed for 12 months or more. Possession and use of imitation firearms, as in Elliott’s case, are treated almost as seriously as functioning weapons because of the fear they instill.

Elliott was jailed for three years in 2018 for possession of a knife and an imitation firearm, and was in breach of a suspended sentence.

Elliott and his 23-year-old son were jailed for life at the Old Bailey last month for the murder in Greenwich, south London, six months after Elliott was supposed to have been deported. The grieving parents of Nathaniel Eyewu-Ago emphasized the seriousness of the tragedy that had befallen their family and argued that Elliott, as a criminal, should not be free to walk amongst men.

They suggested that the celebrities who campaigned against Elliott’s deportation would not have done so if they had experienced similar tragedies in their families. Campbell, Newton, and Olusoga did not respond to questions from the Mail earlier this week.

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