Cambridge Migrant Solidarity have claimed that actions of the UK Borders Agency in trying to speed up the deportation of detainees involved in the recent disturbance at Oakington IRC could adversely affect the outcome of the inquest into the death of a 40-year-old Kenyan man that sparked the trouble. Approximately 60 of the detainees who took part in protests, some of whom could be potential witnesses at any inquest, were 'singled out' as ringleaders and to other more secure detention centres.
Some are believed to be potential witnesses into the circumstances leading up to the death of the man, tentatively identified as Eliud Nyenzi, from an apparent heart attack. It has been alleged that staff at Oakington ignored his requests for a doctor even though he was in obvious pain. One witnesses, Sunny Idika, was with the dead man in the hours before his death, was due to be deported to Nigeria yesterday but his removal was postponed due to his property not having been returned to him following his move from Oakington.