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Family seeking asylum in Scotland 'evicted' from flat and sent to hotel 200 miles away

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A terrified family with a newborn baby fleeing from threats and torture in Nigeria have been "traumatised" by a days-long ordeal that saw them locked out of their flat, taken away in a police van and moved from Scotland to York.

Henry Okwo and his wife Blessing sought asylum in the UK in December 2022, with kids Ferdinand, four, Beauty, two, and Henry, four months.

However Glasgow Live reports that Henry, a masters student at Strathclyde University, had his right to work removed without warning, forcing him to give up their privately let flat in Coatbridge.

The family told letting agency Aquila Management Services they planned to leave on January 16. But agents from the firm are alleged to have arrived at 3pm that day, removed their possessions from the flat and locked them out, despite the family having nowhere to go.Henry contacted the charity Migrant Help for support – but was stunned to be told by a driver sent by the non-profit that he and his family were being shifted to York, 200 miles away.

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