Amadume came to Canada from Britain, where he had been attempting to qualify for the British Open. In Britain he had learned that the Ghanaian government had collected evidence that he was a spy. Amadume stood accused of transmitting information between dissidents in Ghana and exiles abroad. Afraid that Ghanaian officials would track him down in Britain, Amadume secured a visa to travel to Canada.
Amadume went into hiding after arriving in Toronto. He eventually applied to the Canadian immigration office for status as a refugee, claiming he would be killed if he returned to Ghana, a West African country ruled by dictator Jerry Rawlings, who has been accused of human rights abuses. But on Dec. 12, immigration officials turned down the golfer's request. The Ghanaians "put me on warning that as soon as I would return, I would be arrested," Amadume said after learning of the decision. "They'll kill me."
Roman Melnyk, an immigration consultant who pleaded Amadume's case, last saw him on Dec. 31 in a holding cell at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. "He was sitting alone," Melnyk says. "He sat there with a little bag and his coat, and he was weeping." Immigration officials would not comment on the case, but Amadume was reportedly deported to Ghana. His fate is unknown.