Ismahil Akinade, a Nigerian footballer based in Ireland has voluntarily left the country voluntarily after he failed to stop his planned deportation back to Nigeria.
Akinade was convicted for sexual assault and attempted defilement of a 14 year old girl. The incident occured in 2914. He was 16 at the time.
In October 2014, Akinade and two other people had received suspended sentences for the 2010 sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl in Kildare. Nevertheless, he continued with his sterling football career, eventually joining his current side, Waterford FC.
He was, however, issued a deportation order in 2017. His application to have the deportation cancelled was rejected in the High Court in May 2019.
Akinade was a key striker for Waterford FC. The club disclosed he had departed by mutual agreement. Akinade had joined the club ahead of the 2018 Airtricity League season. He scored eight goals for Waterford.
His goals helped the side finish in fourth place. He had signed a contract last June to remain with the club until the end of this season.
Akinade was born in Nigeria in 1994 and arrived Ireland as a seven year old in 2001. His mother and siblings are Irish citizens by naturalisation.
His lawyers had fought had in the courts to have his deportation order, signed by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, canceled. In May, an Irish High Court rejected his application for a judicial review of the deportation order.
The order was challenged in judicial review proceedings. The proceedings concluded last month when the court refused the application for review.
Akinade was due to present himself at the Garda national immigration bureau on June 13 but failed to attend.
Lawyers in Ireland are currently trying to establish officially that he has returned to Nigeria.
His club Waterford FC however, issued a statement on their website earlier this week, confirming that he had left the club “by mutual agreement“.