A young Nigerian boy was granted leave in the High Court of Northern Ireland by Mr Justice Gillen on 25th June 2008 to challenge the refusal of UK immigration officials in Lagos to permit him to join his Polish father in Belfast.

The 14 year old, Chukwuebuka Ogunwa, whose father is taking the proceedings on his behalf, had previously been cleared to enter the UK as the family member of an EEA national. But he will not be permitted to board an aircraft travelling to the UK without an Entry Clearance which is one of the conditions imposed on airlines through Carriers liability legislation and related policies of the UK government.

The legal proceedings issued by his solicitors Madden and Finucane of Belfast assert that the UK have imposed overly restrictive requirements on the entry of family members of EEA nationals and that these requirements are not compatible with EC legislation.

The case will be heard in the High Court in Belfast in the new court term in September.