21 Year-Old Nigerian Hanged Himself in UK Cell for Fear of Being Deported – Inquest Reveals

An inquest into the death of a Nigerian detainee, Riliwanu Balogun who was found hanged at a Young Offender’s Institute in the UK a day after his 21st birthday in 2011 has revealed he killed himself because he feared being sent back to Nigeria.

According to a BBC Report, Balogun moved to the UK when he was seven years old and spent much of his childhood in institutions.

A senior prison officer, Paul Mayfield said at the hearing that he was scared of being deported back to Nigeria. “He told me he had nothing to live for. He said ‘I’ll be deported back to Nigeria. I’ve got no-one back there. I’ll be living in the slums’.BBC reports.

In April 2011, Balogun was transferred to Glen Parva Young Offender’s Institute in Leicester, which holds men aged 18 to 21. But on May 8, 2011, he was found hanged in his cell. The morning he was found hanged, he was assessed by staff after cutting himself.

It was reported that he was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary after staff tried to revive him but died a week later.

The hearing also revealed he had a string of previous convictions and that at the end of April he struggled to speak to a nurse because he was sobbing so hard.

It’s really shocking to hear such news which speaks very little of the living standards and quality of life here in Nigeria. He was only 21 and killed himself because he feared being deported back to Nigeria, a place where he knew no one and would probably live in the slums. May his soul rest in peace.

35 Comments on 21 Year-Old Nigerian Hanged Himself in UK Cell for Fear of Being Deported – Inquest Reveals
  • Lola January 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm


  • oSinakachi January 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Na wah o! has the standard of living in our country degenerated to the level where men would rather hang themselves in a foreign land than return to such standards. God we dey for your hand o

  • ida January 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    this is really bad

  • nnenne January 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    pathetic and sad

  • obinna January 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    The stench of Foul play

  • Oyinda January 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Its very sad. His life would have been better off in Nija. Killed himself for nothing guess he had depression. Living abroad is not all that rosy. U pay a heavy price of loneliness, depression and all sorts. Lots of folks are doing very well at home. May his soul rest in peace.

    • kazzy January 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      you are very right my brother!

      • kazzy January 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

        you are very right my brother!

  • goldilocks January 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    onye ala… he ll know btw hell and Nigeria, wch is d better slum. so, as I dey my house so na slum abi? wére pikin. he left Naija at age 7… 14yrs ago… how e come conclude say na slum. even if e no get person… wch kyn nyama nyama suicide b ds one? ARRANT NONSENSE!!!

  • nnamdi candy January 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    It’s really sad but I believe nigeria has gone bad rather the young boy’s laziness,weak mindedness and inability to face challenges of life has lurred him to such devilish act

    • Grace January 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I wouldn’t call a boy who I know abosolutely nothing about a lazy and weak minded person. If you haven’t worked in the shoes of another don’t be quick to judge them.

  • gistyinka January 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    am sorry for him oo… http://www.gistyinka.com

  • Partyrider January 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    please i don’t see it as regarding to our standard of living. this one is on the guy.
    there are people living in far worse conditions that he did with no one,but they try to make each day count.so please that Nigeria is a failed state is not an excuse for a 21yr old to take his life.

  • simbo January 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Nopes. This guy had deeper issues than just the fear of deportation. Our Youth. . . . RIP

  • Junie January 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Oh guys c’mon….be kind! The poor guy said he’s got no one here in Nigeria and really it will just be as hard for him if he had come back as it would have been for a Nigerian that goes to the UK with no friends and family there…he dint mean it like Nigeria is all slummy but I THINK he meant he would have been living in a slum if he had come back here since he’s got no roots here.
    Anyway…sad way to die and may his soul rest in peace!

    • Ovadje January 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Sorry, but NOBODY has “no one” in Nigeria — and take that from someone who never lived in NIgeria until barely more than a few years ago.

  • Miss Mo January 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Hopelessness+Helplessness+Severe Depression Tinz.

    Life sha, may his soul RIP. 🙁

  • frank January 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    guyz i really blv in the guy killing himself is the best. Even if he hv family will they help him see naija is the real hell fire

  • ifemi January 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    if he has any family, they should sue the prison and get some dough if that guy really cut himself before the hanging. if that was really the case, he shouldn’t have been by himself

  • gloria January 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Very unresonable.you tak your life for the poor condition of your own country.Is oyibo mans land your country.he has nothing to offer his country and he has nothing to gain from his own country.people living in nija are doing better than those living in a foreign land.I know that very soon we all home and abroad will definitely come to appreciate our Gods own country sooner or later.God bless Nigeria.

  • Sara Adebayo January 26, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    RIP! And May the Almighty forgive your act and welcome you in his eternal Kingdom. Amen!

  • Felicia Williams January 27, 2013 at 12:12 am

    People always think that they know what is in a person’s heart….God could only see what was in this young man’s heart and only he knows the pain that this child suffered alone. Let’s forgive him (this young man) for misunderstanding how to accept sorrow as part of the struggle associated with daily living.
    I cannot imagine the sorrow that had filled his heart which he could not escape without the assistance of medication. The things that we take for granted, in prison I am sure this boy did not have access to; therefore our judgment does not really matter, what only matters is the mercy sent down from heaven.
    You see, it is hard to die. The tears of this young man expressed such a hardship for which he did not know how to get out of. I have good news though, God forgives ignorance. So let’s not be so quick to judge, let’s leave that up to the creator of all men who is kinder to ourselves than we are to each other.
    Surly, the words of others killed this young man before he even killed himself. People think they know everything….yes he could have waited until God decided death ….but he did not. He did not know any other feelings to feel other than sorrow because he did not have a teacher.
    Killing yourself is not right but your judgement is equally wrong. The boy was already living in hell. God is not so cruel as to send him to a second hell. Please stop being misinformed.

  • GreenDiamond January 27, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Please don’t believe all what you read..still think There is smtin rong with this report . R.I.P

  • Me andYou January 27, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Bella Naija….I’ve just done my research and found out that you’re reporting old news from 2011…..there’s nothing recent about this in the news….if you’re looking for something to write about….please go and investigate corruption in the government and come back to us with your findings

  • Soraya January 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Eh…. If life was so great in the UK, how come the ‘boy’ spent so much of his time in and out of prisons in there??? Life may be harsh in Nigeria but Nigerians in the UK live in prisons- overcrowded houses, expensive rents to pay, poor standard of health and hygiene, working off their bones to pay tax for the comfort of a queen who doesn’t give a shit about them!!

  • Agbeke January 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Please note the boy had a string of previous convictions…I’m not judging but it appears there’s more to him taking his life than the fear of returning to Nigeria. There are celebrities in Nigeria today who were raised in these so called slums.life is what you make it.there is never any excuse to take one’s own life

    • ifemi January 27, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      it’s very easy to be convicted in the U.K. it need not be a serious crime. you can even get a criminal conviction for wandering around (“loitering”) so unless he was convicted for serious crimes, probably no biggie

  • Fokasibe January 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    May God in His infinite wisdom, mercy and grace release him from his sins…Amen.

  • pynk January 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    wow may he RIP sha.

  • peye January 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Something is wrong with dis report. We watch movies na and we c how ppl attempt to cover up things wen they go wrong. All u av to do is tell d story right. From the article he has symptoms is depression which includes sobbing uncontrollably when he went to see other nurse and not talking . the other thing is dat he had attempted suicide before which sent succeed. That’s another feature of depression. They feel hopeless and feel there’s nothing to live for. People with everything going well worth them when they get depression, not just momentary sadness, clinical depression, they don’t see anything good in the world around them. The issue should be that the he boy had been denied the opportunity to see a psychiatrist.

  • Naija Realist January 28, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Dude was probably just sick in the head. But if he wasn’t, he gets NO sympathy from me.

  • Gold January 28, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I cant judge this child but all i can do is to Say a small prayer for his soul…RIP Riliwanu Balogun.
    Guys, pls dont be too quick to judge!!

  • Olayinka January 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Eeya..very tragic story! but I just can’t get it. What is so special about The United Kingdom that a young lad would rather die with a noose than return to his homeland? The UK is not exactly a problem-free paradise or heavenly haven, if I recall correctly..Na wa o

  • flower October 18, 2013 at 3:30 am

    This poor man was smuggled into the uk by a woman who claimed to be his aunt who then left him for social services where he spent his life in and out of care. He was told his family were dead and he had no one in the uk or Nigeria. Poor guy never stood a chance r.I.p

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