Woman facing deportation wins reprieve after Theresa May told child faces female genital mutilation on return

‘FGM is a crime it is child abuse and will not be accepted in this country,’ the Prime Minister says.

A woman facing deportation to Nigeria has won a reprieve after Theresa May was told her three-year-old daughter faced female genital mutilation if they were returned.

A decision to refuse Lola Ilesanmi’s application to remain in the UK has been withdrawn and Ms May has ordered immigration minister Brandon Lewis to personally oversee a review of her case.

Ms Ilesanmi’s MP Hannah Bardell, of the Scottish National Party, appealed for Ms May to intervene at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons earlier this month, telling her that the former RBS employee had been beaten, forced to have an abortion and had her face “smashed with an iPad” by her estranged husband because of her refusal to subject their daughter to FGM.


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