UK court rules Nigerian mother’s FGM claims ‘part of immigration scam’

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FILE PHOTO: A worker stands behind tools used for FGM in Africa

FILE PHOTO: A worker stands behind tools used for FGM in Africa

A Nigerian illegal immigrant made female genital mutilation allegations against her ex-husband as part of an “immigration scam”, a High Court judge has concluded.

The pair’s three daughters – aged 13, 10 and seven – had been among the first females to be made the subject of female genital mutilation (FGM) protection orders.

A High Court judge had decided in July 2015 – following an application by the woman – that the girls needed protection because there was evidence that their Nigerian father was making arrangements for them to be ”cut”.

Mr Justice Holman had stressed that he had only heard the “one-sided account” of the woman – and he said the girls’ father could mount a challenge.

The man, who lives in Nigeria, subsequently travelled to London to appear in court and deny allegations made by his ex-wife.

Now another High Court judge has concluded – after examining all sides of the case – that the woman “fundamentally and dishonestly misrepresented the true position”.

Mr Justice MacDonald said it was “more likely than not” that she had made allegations and sought orders “as part of what is known colloquially as an ‘immigration scam’.”

The judge has also ruled that the children should no longer live with their mother in London but be cared for by their father – and he has given the man permission to move the youngsters to Nigeria.

He has revealed his conclusions in a written ruling published following a four-day trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Mr Justice MacDonald said no-one involved could be identified.

The judge said the woman had made a series of allegations.

She had said her ex-husband’s family had “forced her to undergo FGM”, said he had asked her to send the children to
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Source:: PM Newspaper