A self-styled evangelical archbishop who claimed he could deliver “miracle babies” to infertile women in Britain is to be extradited to his home country of Kenya to face accusations of child abduction.

Gilbert Deya, who is alleged to have stolen five Kenyan children between 1999 and 2004, has been battling deportation since 2007, when the then home secretary, Jacqui Smith, rubber-stamped the decision to remove him from the country.

Since then he has been thwarted in successive bids to stay in Britain, failing in a high court appeal in 2008 and being refused permission to take his case to the House of Lords.

On Wednesday, after nearly four years of legal wrangling, the Home Office confirmed that Theresa May had last week formally sanctioned Deya’s extradition.

Deya’s removal from Britain will mark the end of an extraordinary and long-running saga which saw him repeatedly claim in front of a devoted congregation and a sceptical media that he had helped give “miracle babies” to women who had been told they could not have children.

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