Pamela Izevbekhai and her daughters: she claims another daughter, Elizabeth, died as a result of female genital mutilation

Lawyers representing Nigerian mother-of-two Pamela Izevbekhai have obtained 'attestation of death' documentation which they claim will prove she had a daughter, Elizabeth, who died from complications of female genital mutilation (FGM).

It is the latest twist in Izevbekhai's fight against her family's deportation after she admitted four weeks ago that some documents she presented to the court concerning the apparent death of her child from complications of FGM in 1994 were forgeries.

Government sources have dismissed Izevbekhai's law­yers' claims about the new documentation supposedly proving her daughter's death saying that "if this baby did live and die, why did Pamela initially provide fake documents to the courts?"

Izevbekhai and her husband Tony, who lives in Nigeria following his deportation from the UK when his application for refugee status failed, have now hired a lawyer in Nigeria who is examining the validity of these documents.

Solicitors in Dublin have been provided with documentation in which it is claimed that Elizabeth existed and died from complications of FGM.

"We have obtained an 'attestation of death' document that I am satisfied is a genuine legal document," said a legal source involved in the Izevbekhai case.

On Thursday the case will be briefly mentioned before the Supreme Court and there may be a change of solicitors representing Izevbekhai as her previous solicitor Gabriel Toolan will step down following her admission regarding false documentation. Her new solicitor will then seek an adjournment.

"The new documentation is our equivalent of a death cert. We will also be submitting affidavits that Dr Unokanjo did treat Elizabeth but that she was referred to another doctor at a different hospital," continued the source.

Izevbekhai had presented her daughter's death certificate to the authorities here, signed by Dr Joseph Unokanjo of Isioma hospital in Lagos.

However, he told a senior garda who travelled to Nigeria last month that this was a forgery and signed an affidavit to that effect.

Izevbekhai said in a statement released to the Sunday Tribune: "I've been praying. I'm convinced that Jesus will help me and Elizabeth will help me. I'm beginning to think that Elizabeth's death was for a reason, that it was God's purpose she help the rest of her family now."

While Izevbekhai has acknowledged some documents given to the court in support of her action were forged, she has continuously stood over her claim she had a daughter who died from as a result of a botched FGM.

She has been to the High Court 22 times to prevent her family's deportation on the grounds that her two daughters Naomi (7) and Jemima (6) will be subjected to FGM.

A government source said Izevbekhai's story still has not stood up to scrutiny: "The courts of this land on several occasions have been crystal clear: she does not have grounds for asylum."