32-Year-Old Nigerian Woman Married To 52-Year-Old British Man, Faces Deportation

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A 32-year-old Nigerian woman, Chimezie, is facing deportation in the United Kingdom after being convicted of staging a ‘sham marriage’.
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Chimezie’s British husband Robert Rickerby, 52, fears his young family will be “ripped apart” if she’s deported.
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Rickerby, of Benwell, insists it is true love between him and wife Chimezie – as he pleads with the Home Office to allow her to stay.
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Despite a 20-year age gap, the pair got hitched months after meeting while Chimezie was on bail.
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Shortly after their nuptials, she was jailed for 18 months for attempting to wed Czech-born Pavel Gabco in a sham ceremony. Chimezie was locked up alongside the likes of Rose West in HMP Low Newton.
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But since leaving detention, she’s had two kids with Robert – who fears the Government will take their mum from them.
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The Home Office say foreign criminals jailed for a year or more, like Chimezie, face automatic deportation. But Robert said:
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“I’m worried we will lose her. Every time we apply for a visa, the Home Office refuse it. It is always a different excuse – they say the paperwork hasn’t been properly filled in or something. But this hangs over us every day.”
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A decade ago, Chimezie moved to Britain to study at uni but her course outlasted her student visa. Newcastle Crown Court heard she pretended to be shacked up with Gabco in a blundering bid to stay.
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While on bail, she met Robert who acknowledges there will be skeptics – but he insists their love is true.
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“We met in Newcastle – I saw her in the street and she saw me and we smiled,” said Robert. “About an hour later, I saw her again and smiled, so we started conversing and exchanged numbers.”
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Now approaching their seventh wedding anniversary, he adds: “If it wasn’t love, why would we have gone through the anxiety of the last six years?”
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“She’s not been allowed to work , claim benefits – even open a bank account – and every fortnight we have to go to Middlesbrough to the reporting centre. “And it means my income is the only income we have. After bills we are only left with about £20 or £30-a-month.”⬇⬇

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