Joland Giwa, 26 (pictured), from Croydon, south London, who was jailed in 2009 for a string of thefts before being sent to a bail hostel in Newport, South Wales, has reoffended by committing an armed raid
A notorious London gangster dubbed 'The General' who was given a new life in Wales because the government cannot deport him has struck again by carrying out a violent armed robbery. Joland Giwa, 26, who arrived in the UK when he was aged 10, grew up terrorising the streets of Croydon, south London, with his gang called 'Don't Say Nothing' or 'DSN' for short.
However, the father-of-two was jailed for 27 months in February 2009 for a string of robberies and thefts and ended up in a bail hostel in Newport, South Wales after serving his time. Attempts were made to deport him to Africa – he is believed to be from either Nigeria or Sierra Leone – but no country would take him and it was decided that he would be sent to Wales to cut him off from his criminal connections in the capital.
However, despite starting a new life and vowing to make a new start, Giwa has appeared in court charged with a violent armed robbery at a bookmakers. The criminal, who calls himself 'The General', admitted one count of robbery at Cardiff Crown Court today for the raid on a William Hill betting shop in Ringland, Newport, in November last year. The court heard how Giwa covered his face with a red bandanna and jumped over the counter of the bookmakers before pushing over the cashier and making off with £600 from the till.
He will be sentenced at a later date but the Home Office is still pushing to get him deported. Giwa landed at Heathrow in 1999, aged 10, with his twin brother but was not accompanied by a parent, guardian or any documentation. It is believed he is originally from Nigeria or Sierra Leone, although neither country will accept he is a national of their country.
After arriving in Britain, he fell in with south London gang members and has appeared in numerous YouTube videos, in which he claims to be 'the f****** general' and brags of 'shanking' his rivals - street slang for stabbing. Police chiefs said he had a 'clear propensity for violence' and posed a 'serious threat to the public'. After he was jailed in 2009, he claimed his infamous 'DSN' street gang was a band of rappers instead of criminals, claiming: 'I'm not a gangster - I'm a gangsta rapper.'
He ended up in the high security Belmarsh Prison, in Thamesmead, south-east London, after intelligence suggested he was involved in smuggling drugs into an immigration detention centre. It was also discovered that he smuggled his mobile phone into his prison cell to post a picture of himself online lifting weights.
Father-of-two Giwa, who calls himself 'The General', (pictured) began terrorising the streets of London after arriving into Britain aged 10. He committed a string of thefts while part of his gang called 'Don't Say Nothing'
|Giwa was jailed for theft and robbery for 27 months in February 2009 and sent to Newport, South Wales, upon his release. Pictured: Giwa posed for photographs in prison after smuggling his mobile phone into his cell|
Upon his release from jail, he was sent to a bail hostel in the Welsh city – a move which drew outrage from politicians who claimed he had been 'dumped' without any consultation. Giwa, who has not seen his two children since 2007, also opposed the enforced move, claiming he was living in 'limbo'. He said: 'I don't go out, I can't work or volunteer. I feel just as caged in now I'm that I'm out of prison. 'I have £30 a week to live on and no hope of a job or even something to keep me occupied.
'Some would say I have no choice but to re-offend. 'I'm young and I've got nothing, no money, no bank account.
The Home Office has tried to deport Giwa (pictured) but is having trouble as neither Nigeria or Sierra Leone will confirm he is a national of their country
'People around here know who I am now. How am I expected to live a normal life when I'm stared at and goaded?' Paul Flynn, Labour MP for Newport West, criticised the Home Office for dumping Giwa in the city and said Newport had been burdened with 439 asylum seekers and bail hostel occupants. He said: 'There was outrage when a man described by a court and the police as so "dangerous" they didn't want him in London was sent to Newport.
'Since coming to this city he has committed [a] violent robbery. 'Newport has a long tradition of proud achievement in assimilating immigrants but if you start putting excessive numbers in a place you get excessive pressures. 'There ought to be a more even spread across the country.
'There are 900 asylum seekers in Cardiff - which is more than the total across southern England.'
Mr Flynn claimed the constituencies of the Prime Minister, Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer had a combined total of three asylum seekers between them. The Home Office said Giwa is still the subject of a Deportation Order but has admitted he cannot be deported 'due to the absence of travel documentation' proving his country of origin. Conservative MP James Brokenshire, Minister of State for Security and Immigration, said the government had taken 'exhaustive steps' to document and deport Giwa for more than three years. He said: 'While Mr Giwa has repeatedly claimed to be from Sierra Leone, there is no reliable evidence to verify this claim.
'Evidence held by the Home Office indicates Mr Giwa is more than likely to be from Nigeria and we have repeatedly escalated the case to the senior officials and ministers of both states in order to try and secure travel documentation. 'The authorities of both countries, however, consider that there is insufficient evidence to satisfactorily establish Joland Giwa as their citizen.' Mr Brokenshire said the Home Office would 'continue to seek evidence' of travel documentation for Giwa to force his deportation.
- Daily Mail