Slowly, he unzipped his trousers and with out hesitation, eliminated his underwear to point out a bit of pierced bulging mark in his personal components.
“There it’s,” Olakunle Ajomale informed our correspondent in a dejected voice. “It’s as a result of you’re a man that I can present you; I’ve by no means proven a lady.”
Based on Ajomale who presently resides within the Ogba space of Lagos State, the mark in his groin is the actual location of a microchip, planted on him by means of his anus by some officers of the US Immigration and Tradition Enforcement since 2010.
He added that the microchip is affecting a few of his inside organs reminiscent of his testicles and navel. The Longman Dictionary of Up to date English defines a microchip as “a very small piece of silicon containing a set of digital components which is utilized in computer systems and different machines.”
Ajomale wore a local gown on a sunny afternoon within the third week of July and sat on a chair in his home. Our correspondent sat reverse him on one other chair with the verandah breeze blowing softly within the higher part of the duplex.
As serene because the atmosphere was, one noticeable factor was that Ajomale was not snug. He shifted intermittently in his chair and paused typically whereas speaking with painful sighs synonymous with a headache.
“The best ache is on my again and I have common complications. My spinal twine is painful. I really feel this virtually 24 hours weekly. Are you able to think about having this string of pains regularly? I know God nonetheless desires me to reside to inform this story and I need America to face me. Allow them to problem what I’m saying,” he stated.
Ajomale is accusing the US authorities of an inhuman remedy meted out to him by some ICE officers in December 2010, earlier than he was deported to Nigeria.
He defined that he had engaged the companies of about 11 Nigerians docs since he returned to Nigeria in February 2011 however none of them might detect the situation of the microchip.
Nevertheless, some Indian docs got here into Nigeria for an exhibition in 2015 and confirmed him the precise spot the place the chip was implanted.
The artist informed our correspondent that regardless of his effort to attract the eye of the US authorities to his predicament and the violation of his basic human rights by the US ICE, the nation had finished nothing about his problem.
“The US authorities have refused to take care of the matter or discuss it,” the singer lamented.
Ajomale began his profession as a gospel music artist in 1994, though he stated he had been concerned in music since 1987. The artiste, recognized for his hit track, Leyin Jesu ko senikan, has lived for a number of years within the US earlier than the 2010 incident occurred.
“This incident by the grace of God has not affected my music ministry in any main means. However I nonetheless really feel pains so long as this stranger is in my physique. I can’t sit the best way you’re sitting. I’ve to relaxation on my again. I can not sit up in a chair or lean ahead,” he stated with a depressed voice.
The start of Ajomale’s travails
Talking additional, the artiste narrated that he first acquired to the US on April 12, 1997, with a visiting visa. Round 11 years later, exactly February 2008, he turned a everlasting resident.
The artiste stated on January 22, 2009, he travelled to Nigeria for his father’s burial and stayed about one week. On his return to the US on February 5, 2009, the decade-long saga allegedly started within the palms of some US officers.
Ajomale stated he was arrested by an official on the Baltimore/ Washington Worldwide Airport, Baltimore, Maryland, and allegedly taken to a chilly room for 9 hours the place he was informed to make an incriminating assertion of utilizing a falsified passport in 2001.
He stated, “I used to be convicted and sentenced to six-month imprisonment at DC Rivers correctional establishment centre, North Carolina, and was launched again to the neighborhood on August 11, 2009, at about 7pm after being cleared by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“About August 15 2009, I acquired a name to choose up my inexperienced card and passport on the ICE BWI airport workplace on Aug 19 2009 however surprisingly I used to be rearrested by the identical officer Derrick who stated they made a mistake to have launched me.
“Whereas in (a second) detention at Worcester Detention Centre Snow Hill Maryland, an ICE officer informed me I might be launched nevertheless it was going to value me cash. I informed my lawyer about it who reported to senior ICE officers.
“In August 2010, I used to be moved to Frederick Detention Centre, Frederick Maryland and the place I used to be feeling vibration on my mattress; I reported to the authorities however no motion was taken. My roommate was my witness but the problem was taken with nonchalance. On December three, 2010, I used to be invited by the chaplain pastor for a bible examine with two different detainees and whereas coming back from the chaplain’s workplace, I felt a wierd motion in my navel and I informed one of the inmates. We shortly approached the officers on obligation to take me to the medical unit however as an alternative, I used to be crushed to the ground by eight white officers.
“My pants had been opened and a chip was put in my anus. I screamed however nobody might assist me. Since then, I’ve been feeling unusual actions in my physique. After about 48hours, my blood pattern was taken and the report by no means acquired again to me until date as half of a grand agenda. I used to be referred to as to see the Immigration Choose round December 17, 2010.”
Ajomale famous that he alerted the Nigerian Embassy, his household and lawyer to his ordeals, noting that he additionally despatched a letter of criticism regarding his ‘immigration standing’ to one Senator Cardin of Maryland, however his reply was allegedly intercepted and returned to the sender.
He said, “On identical day, December three, I was requested to pack my stuff and to my shock, I used to be flown to San Diego California. On getting there, I used to be put amongst the mentally challenged and after I was interviewed by a psychologist, I informed him how embarrassing it was for ICE to have artificially made the absurd association.
“On the San Diego detention centre, I met two Nigerians working on the centre, in whom I confided in about my ordeal. The ICE later moved me away to a non-public hospital the place I additionally declined remedy and informed the physician that nothing was fallacious with me. Nonetheless, I used to be forcefully given eight pictures of injection. Once I realised my well being was repeatedly threatened, I voluntarily determined to drop my immigration case and return to Nigeria to save lots of my life.
“On February 24, 2011, they moved towards their agenda and unwillingly returned me to Nigeria. On the California airport, the officers bypassed the screening machine however I refused. They yielded to my request after deactivating the screening machine, to cowl up their shady agenda. On the United Airline departure level, my boarding go learn Jacob Ajomale.
“And on attending to our visit Ghana Airport, two ICE officers who got here with me lied that my boarding go acquired misplaced within the aircraft to cowl up the identification on my boarding go.
Once we lastly acquired to Nigeria on Feb 25, 2011, I reported the system in my physique to the Nigerian Immigration Division on the airport from the place I used to be referred to the State Safety Service officer on obligation who documented the report and promised to observe up.”
Ajomale famous that earlier than he left the US, he concerned his lawyer recognized solely as Mr Richard, who he stated assured that the officers would take away the wandering chip inflicting hurt in several components of his physique. Based on him, that by no means occurred.
He stated, “I maintain losing a few pounds, feeling sharp ache on my again and steady headache because the system was implanted. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan of my lumbar vertebrae at the federal government hospital in Ikeja, Lagos, attests to this. Every time I eat, the meals is sapped from my abdomen.
“I’ve scars in several components of my physique. I sleep and get up with pains throughout my physique. This can be a case of high-level human proper abuse. In truth, I’ve no iota of privateness, it may even be stated that my total being is within the US whereas my physique is remotely managed, tortured and threatened day by day by the US immigration authorities. Solely God is aware of the quantity of hurt the digital system has finished to my physique system.”
Medical exams verify pains, shifting object in Ajomale’s physique
Ajomale in December 2012 approached the BT Well being and Diagnostics Centre of the Lagos State College Instructing Hospital in Ikeja Authorities Residential Space for a medical examination over his situation.
The lumbosacral backbone MRI scan check end result obtained by our correspondent and signed by a guide radiologist anatomist, Dr M.A.N Akinkunmi, said that the artist has lumbar spondylosis.
Our correspondent learnt that the state of affairs is related to the alleged torture of Ajomale earlier than the insertion of the microchip in his physique and eventual deportation to Nigeria.
Lumbar spondylosis is described as degenerative situations affecting the discs, vertebral our bodies and related joints. It’s a descriptive time period to designate spinal issues.
The check end result partly reads, “Disc areas, intervertebral foramina, spinal canal and aspect joints: The L4/5 and L5/S1 disc confirmed lack of T2 alerts and top in line with disc degeneration. Conclusion: One, lumbar spondylosis, two; degenerative disc illness with disc extrusion and delicate bacterial foraminal stenosis, delicate proper ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and delicate spinal canal stenosis.”
In August 2014, the artist approached a personal facility in Ikeja GRA for an additional examination and a medical report dated August 13, 2014, was finished and signed by the medical director recognized as Dr A. Lambo.
It reads, “I noticed the above named (Jacob Kunle Ajomale) shortly after he lastly arrived from the USA in 2011. His criticism was extreme stomach discomfort which radiates to the scrotum and different components of the physique together with the top and chest. The affected person defined to me that on December three, 2010 one thing was forcefully launched into him through his anus. Ever since then, the above signs occurred and he has been dwelling with this ache and discomfort.
“Various exams have been carried out in an try to find the international physique starting from X-rays to MRI and blood exams. Presently, he feels a variety of discomfort and ache within the head and experiences one thing shifting round within the physique because the introduction of the international physique into his system by means of the anus. Mr Ajomale has a everlasting mass on the left facet of the scrotum and sharp pains within the sacrum. Mr Ajomale has endured this discomfort for years and he seems ahead to the international physique being faraway from his physique.
“Amongst the bodily accidents handled by us was an eruption and pores and skin ulcer that occurred round his umbilicus in February 2013. This cleared with remedy however the sharp pains and discomfort everywhere in the head and trunk and groin proceed.”
Nonetheless not glad, in 2015, Ajomale determined to fulfill with some Indian docs who got here to Lagos, for a medical session solely to Nigerians with “particular instances.”
Persevering with with the narration on the verandah in his home, Ajomale disclosed the shock he and his pal acquired from the Indian docs through the go to to the docs on Lagos Island for the examination.
He stated, “It was the pal of mine who first heard of the information that some Indian docs had been coming to Nigeria for “unusual well being challenges.” That was what they referred to as it. I used to be informed to offer it a trial and I went there. It was to begin from 6am at the venue. I left dwelling at 5am and acquired there in 30 minutes, however I used to be past quantity 20 within the queue.
“When it acquired to my flip, the personnel invited me in and I informed one of many docs all the pieces that occurred to me. I informed him I all the time really feel a wierd object shifting round in my physique. The physician requested me the place, and I stated I don’t even know however I really feel actions inside me. Then, the physician used a scanner, began from my head however there was no sound.
“Then, he got here all the way down to my abdomen; there was nothing, and when he acquired to my groin space, the scanner made a beeping sound. Then the physician moved the scanner down my physique however there was no sound once more. Then, he requested if I got here alone and I stated ‘No, there was any individual with me.’’ He stated, “’Okay, go and invite the individual in.”
“The Indian physician informed my companion, “Look, this man really has a chip in his physique and although it might be eliminated, it can’t be eliminated in Nigeria.”
The artiste added that the Indians additionally gave him a 50-50 probability of survival if he was able to do away with the chip.
“I didn’t know what to do. I went to 1 of my legal professionals and narrated to him what I used to be informed. He stated if I travelled and something occurred to me that will be the tip of the case. He suggested me to be affected person. The Indian physician didn’t give me a monetary estimate but, nevertheless it was not concerning the cash; it was about my life.
“We concluded that the US is one of the best to take away the chip. They inserted it they usually know the easiest way to take away it. If I attempt to undergo an operation elsewhere and there are issues, they are going to declare they didn’t insert something in me or they weren’t conscious of it. That’s my current predicament. I’ve simply been holding on,” he famous sadly.
Our correspondent requested him concerning the allegation of a falsified passport which he was accused of in February 2009 which led to his incarceration on the DC Rivers correctional establishment centre, North Carolina.
Ajomale stated he was able to problem the US authorities, noting that he was harmless of the accusation.
He stated, “Why did they make me write a assertion beneath duress? I used to be coming into the US that yr with my passport and inexperienced card. I used to be not a prison. Allow them to convey my passport. Let them present me the place I falsified it.
“The assertion they compelled me to make was that I used any individual’s passport. They put me in a chilly room for 9 hours earlier than I made that assertion. That was critical torture. It was in February 2009; I used to be coming back from my father’s burial in Nigeria. I was with my passport and inexperienced card.
“Some officers stopped me on the airport. They requested me to step apart and I did. They requested me some questions on a sure passport. I stated I knew nothing about it. I was assured that I didn’t offend in paperwork. My passport and inexperienced card are with them until in the present day. I don’t even want the inexperienced card once more.”
Driving on Floyd’s case to get justice
Ajomale informed our correspondent that the torture and demise of George Floyd, a black American killed by means of police brutality on Could 25, 2020, revived his need to hunt justice.
He famous that he had been receiving calls from inside and outdoors the US that he wanted to amplify his agitations about his failing well being, now that there was a worldwide consideration on black torture, heralded by the motion; Black Lives Matter.
In the meantime, the Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2020 additionally scored USA and Nigeria low within the dealing with of the instances of abuses.
The organisation’s 30th annual evaluation of human rights practices across the globe summarises key human rights points in additional than 100 nations and territories worldwide, drawing on occasions from late 2018 by means of November 2019.
The report partly reads, “In 2019, the United States continued to maneuver backwards on rights. The (Donald) Trump administration rolled out inhumane immigration insurance policies and promoted false narratives that perpetuate racism and discrimination; didn’t do almost sufficient to handle mass incarceration; undermined the rights of ladies and lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender folks; additional weakened the flexibility of Individuals to acquire enough well being care; and deregulated industries that put folks’s well being and security in danger.
“The US continues to have the very best reported prison incarceration charge on the earth, with 2.2 million folks in jails and prisons and one other four.5 million on probation and parole as of 2017, the most recent yr for which Bureau of Justice Statistics figures had been out there at time of writing. The figures present a slight lower within the variety of folks incarcerated from 2016 to 2017 and a 10 per cent lower from a decade earlier.”
Ajomale can’t show microchip medically–FG
When contacted, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Fee, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who was conscious of Ajomale’s matter, stated the singer couldn’t show the presence of a microchip in his physique medically.
Dabiri-Erewa, who as soon as served because the Senior Particular Adviser to the President on Overseas Affairs and Diaspora, stated in a textual content message to our correspondent on the matter, “We discovered nothing. We went so far as the Consul Normal, US Consulate, Lagos. He might want to have his allegation confirmed medically which he couldn’t do.”
Our correspondent additionally despatched an inquiry by electronic message to the US ICE Public Affairs relating to Ajomale’s allegations however the e-mail had but been replied since June 25, 2020. As a substitute an computerized reply mail partly reads, “If you’re a member of the media, a member of the ICE press group will reply to your question as quickly as potential – usually inside one enterprise day.”
Additionally, the spokesperson for the US Embassy in Nigeria was emailed on Ajomale’s matter however there was no response. He was referred to the Lagos consulate which additionally refused to reply to enquiries.
Supply: Saturday PUNCH