Notorious Croydon gang 'general' Joland Giwa freed after Government deportation bid fails

Croydon Guardian: Joland Giwa posted photos of himself on Facebook while in jail Joland Giwa posted photos of himself on Facebook while in jail

The self-styled "general" of one of Croydon's most notorious gangs is back on British streets after a Government bid to deport him failed.

An immigration tribunal ruled Joland Giwa, former leader of Don't Say Nothing, should be freed from detention, calling time the Home Office's four-year battle to boot him out of the UK.

Giwa is now required to live near Cardiff, Wales, after being bailed by the independent Immigation and Asylum Tribunal last month.

He is banned from entering any part of London. 

The 24-year-old, said to have once commanded up to 80 gang members, was jailed for 27 months for two robberies in October 2008 and was set to be automatically deported upon his release.

But the deportation bid stalled amid a struggle to establish his nationality.

Giwa maintains he is from Sierra Leone but the country insists he is Nigerian, a claim rejected by the Nigerian authorities.

Linguistics experts, brought in to analyse Giwa's voice and establish his origins, failed to conclusively prove his nationality.

In October, a High Court judge said there was a "significant risk" of Giwa reoffending but ruled he should go free if the Home Office could not deport him within three months.

He is now living in south Wales after the tribunal granted his release, ending a 56-month stint in immigration detention during which he went on hunger strike in protest at his incarceration.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We vigorously opposed this individual's application for bail and we are very disappointed by the court's decision.

"He will be subject to rigorous monitoring, including an electronic tag, and we are continuing to fight for his removal from the UK."

Giwa's bail conditions prohibit his return to Croydon or any other London borough. They also require him to sign on at a Border Agency reporting centre in Cardiff twice a week, as well as sleep at a designated address nearby every night.

Croydon Guardian: Joland Giwa

Giwa was jailed in 2008

During October's High Court hearing, Government lawyers and police officers told judges Giwa's criminality extended "well beyond" the offences of which he was convicted and that Don't Say Nothing had been the highest profile and most violent of the borough's gangs.

Sgt Darin Birmingham, former chief of Croydon police's gangs unit, told the court: "Joland Giwa is a serious threat to the public and other young people. He has a clear propensity for violence.

"It is well-known on the streets of Croydon that he has been charged with numerous offences but witnesses will not assist at court or pursuing allegations through fear.

"What makes him a leader and a man different from the others is his no-fear attitude of confrontation and violence, his gang and young youths are scared of him, and his violent behaviour and readiness at any times to use knives and weapon."

Giwa and his twin brother Mikey arrived in the UK on a flight from Nigeria in 1999, when they were aged just 10. They flew without a guardian and their parents are believed to be dead.

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11:48am Thu 16 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

Haha - Spineless government, Spineless Courts. - They just want more victims of crime. And they will get more victims of crime.

Thanks - we'll just keep on paying our taxes and being targets for criminals, we don't mind that our authorities want to keep us at risk!
Haha - Spineless government, Spineless Courts. - They just want more victims of crime. And they will get more victims of crime. Thanks - we'll just keep on paying our taxes and being targets for criminals, we don't mind that our authorities want to keep us at risk! G_Whiz
  • Score: 27

12:21pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mr Strings says...

In these circumstances, can't we just launch him via a giant catapult in the general direction of his home, and where he lands is his problem?

Maybe put that to a public vote?
In these circumstances, can't we just launch him via a giant catapult in the general direction of his home, and where he lands is his problem? Maybe put that to a public vote? Mr Strings
  • Score: 28

4:11pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Leonsm says...

he looks likes he's just enjoyed a nice holiday.
he looks likes he's just enjoyed a nice holiday. Leonsm
  • Score: 11

6:04pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Charlotte L says...

He doesn't belong in this country - never has done & never will do.
He doesn't belong in this country - never has done & never will do. Charlotte L
  • Score: 15

10:38pm Thu 16 Jan 14

motomoto says...

I'm sorry but children or not as soon as him and his brother arrived in Britain back in 1999 they should have been sent back to Nigeria.
Nigeria is where they flew out from so therefore they should have been sent straight back there whether they are from sierra leone or not is irrelevant,
had the authorities had acted swiftly we wouldn't be in this situation now. There is a very high chance of him re offending because he will be unable to get a job due to his past and is going to be a burden on tax payers for the rest of his useless life, there is absolutely no excuse for him being here.
This country showed him compassion and kindness and how does he repay it ?.......by robbing people and carrying knives......this is a clear example of what happens when people from " LAWLESS SOCIETY'S" are allowed into this country !........and tax payers are expected to pick up the tab for this useless "gangster rap rude boy rubbish"!
I'm sorry but children or not as soon as him and his brother arrived in Britain back in 1999 they should have been sent back to Nigeria. Nigeria is where they flew out from so therefore they should have been sent straight back there whether they are from sierra leone or not is irrelevant, had the authorities had acted swiftly we wouldn't be in this situation now. There is a very high chance of him re offending because he will be unable to get a job due to his past and is going to be a burden on tax payers for the rest of his useless life, there is absolutely no excuse for him being here. This country showed him compassion and kindness and how does he repay it ?.......by robbing people and carrying knives......this is a clear example of what happens when people from " LAWLESS SOCIETY'S" are allowed into this country !........and tax payers are expected to pick up the tab for this useless "gangster rap rude boy rubbish"! motomoto
  • Score: 21

10:42am Fri 17 Jan 14

kentlad says...

Send the worthless piece of s@#t home, on a rubber dingy across the channel would be nice!!!

I would personally just set him in concrete and just throw him in the thames but, that would be against his Human Rights!!!!
Send the worthless piece of s@#t home, on a rubber dingy across the channel would be nice!!! I would personally just set him in concrete and just throw him in the thames but, that would be against his Human Rights!!!! kentlad
  • Score: 19

6:11pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Tony L Martin says...

Sierra Leone and Nigeria both receive overly generous amounts of UK Foreign Aid. We should just tell one of them they are taking him. We are now paying over £33bn a year in Foreign Aid and that counts for nothing?
Sierra Leone and Nigeria both receive overly generous amounts of UK Foreign Aid. We should just tell one of them they are taking him. We are now paying over £33bn a year in Foreign Aid and that counts for nothing? Tony L Martin
  • Score: 9

12:28am Tue 21 Jan 14

passiton says...

He only needs to get 2 lieutenants then hes ready!
The police are gonna have a hard time keepin tabs on im, as hes got loads of contacts and places to crash out in.........
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passtheparcel | Tuesday, January 21 2014, 12:21AM

He s in newport and hes gonna try an reruit the local chavs as hes general, aint he!
You been warnd!

Dont approach him, he ll attack without warning............

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He only needs to get 2 lieutenants then hes ready! The police are gonna have a hard time keepin tabs on im, as hes got loads of contacts and places to crash out in......... Rate 0 Report Profile image for passtheparcel passtheparcel | Tuesday, January 21 2014, 12:21AM He s in newport and hes gonna try an reruit the local chavs as hes general, aint he! You been warnd! Dont approach him, he ll attack without warning............ Read more: http://www.southwale s-eveningpost.co.uk/ Violent-gang-leader- Joland-Giwa-living-W ales/story-20454104- detail/story.html?dw rMeth=addComment&aft erReg=Y#ixzz2qzK1Gl9 Z passiton
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12:50am Tue 21 Jan 14

passiton says...

His bro Mikey supposed to be a reformed character, pity he couldnt persuade his bro to do the same!
However bad blood runs in the family;
In an interview with the Croydon Guardian in May , Mikey claimed he had turned his back on crime and was working as a mentor with anti-knives organisation Lives Not Knives (LNK).

But the 23-year-old who has served time for affray, now faces another spell behind bars after he was caught trying to smuggle three mobile phone sim cards and a wrap of heroin into a friend he was visiting at Belmarsh prison on November 1, 2011.
Giwa of Lancing Road, Croydon, pleaded not guilty to two charges of conveying articles into prison, but was found guilty by a jury following a trial at Woolwich Crown Court June 2012...........
His bro Mikey supposed to be a reformed character, pity he couldnt persuade his bro to do the same! However bad blood runs in the family; In an interview with the Croydon Guardian in May , Mikey claimed he had turned his back on crime and was working as a mentor with anti-knives organisation Lives Not Knives (LNK). But the 23-year-old who has served time for affray, now faces another spell behind bars after he was caught trying to smuggle three mobile phone sim cards and a wrap of heroin into a friend he was visiting at Belmarsh prison on November 1, 2011. Giwa of Lancing Road, Croydon, pleaded not guilty to two charges of conveying articles into prison, but was found guilty by a jury following a trial at Woolwich Crown Court June 2012........... passiton
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10:37am Tue 21 Jan 14

Luis Pizarro says...

You get what you voted for in this country, crying about it now will do nothing so get used to reading of more of the same under this Government and the previous one! They let these people in so he is British now and cant be removed end of
You get what you voted for in this country, crying about it now will do nothing so get used to reading of more of the same under this Government and the previous one! They let these people in so he is British now and cant be removed end of Luis Pizarro
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12:21pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Palace76 says...

As soon as I saw his top photo I could see he's Nigerian. It even says in the article he flew into the UK from Nigeria... SEND HIM BACK TO NIGERIA!
This is what happens when you are controlled by Brussels. The government is unable to act.
It's people like this 'person' which is one of the reasons why Croydon has turned (the last seven years) in to a very unpleasant place to live.

Funny that Croydon council has the cash to put up immigrants in temporary housing in the area, yet at the same time is shipping off it's residents who have lived in Croydon for generations, up North to live in hotels all because there housing benefit has been reduced, due to government cutbacks.
And also Croydon council putting up the rates on the little shops so much, that shops that have been in Croydon for the past 20 odd years are forced to close. There is no community spirit anymore in Croydon. It has turned in to a dump.

But like the Tories say... We are all in this together. Rubbish!
As soon as I saw his top photo I could see he's Nigerian. It even says in the article he flew into the UK from Nigeria... SEND HIM BACK TO NIGERIA! This is what happens when you are controlled by Brussels. The government is unable to act. It's people like this 'person' which is one of the reasons why Croydon has turned (the last seven years) in to a very unpleasant place to live. Funny that Croydon council has the cash to put up immigrants in temporary housing in the area, yet at the same time is shipping off it's residents who have lived in Croydon for generations, up North to live in hotels all because there housing benefit has been reduced, due to government cutbacks. And also Croydon council putting up the rates on the little shops so much, that shops that have been in Croydon for the past 20 odd years are forced to close. There is no community spirit anymore in Croydon. It has turned in to a dump. But like the Tories say... We are all in this together. Rubbish! Palace76
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