ARGUS COMMENT: Answers are needed fast on gangleader housed in Newport
10:46am Tuesday 21st January 2014 in News
HOME Secretary Theresa May should not be surprised to find herself facing a barrage of questions this week over the decision to house a violent gang leader from London in a hostel in Newport.
Our revelation on Saturday that Joland Giwa is living in the city at a hostel bang in the middle of a residential area, has caused outrage.
Many of those living in Newport have condemned the decision. And we fully understand why.
Apart from the fact that there appears to have been little consultation before the decision was made to house him in Newport, there are also questions surrounding the issue of why Newport was chosen in the first place.
Giwa is a dangerous criminal who is the self-styled general of a significant criminal gang in Croydon.
Was Newport, or Wales for that matter, just selected at random after the Home Office failed to kick Giwa out of the UK given that he then had to be released from an immigration detention centre on the orders of a High Court judge.
Giwa had been in an immigration detention centre for more than four years after serving a 27-month prison sentence for two robberies.
Newport West MP Paul Flynn and other politicians have written to the home secretary to demand an explanation. We will also be asking questions about why a residential area in Newport was deemed suitable to house a serious criminal.
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