Nigerian students' case no closer to being solved
The case of two foreign students, ordered to leave Canada for violating terms of their visas, is no closer to being resolved some ten months after they went into asylum in Regina.
Victoria Ordu and Ihuoma Amadi ran afoul of the rules when they worked for a short time at a Wal-Mart store. They stopped working as soon as they learned it was against the rules of their student visas.
Once they disclosed what happened, officials told them they would have to leave. That's when they sought asylum and leniency.
A deportation order for the two, however, remains, despite efforts of an immigration lawyer and calls for leniency by university officials and even the provincial government.
Lawyer Kay Adebogun said one should also consider the conditions they have been living under, for several months.
"For them staying indoor for 98 or 99 per cent of the time within the four walls of the church, it's very difficult for the girls. Extremely difficult for them," Adebogun said Monday. "We think that should be punishment enough."
Provincial officials, including Saskatchewan's minister of justice, have been in touch with federal authorities.
"We thought the matters were fairly trivial in terms of the transgression," Gordon Wyant, Saskatchewan's minister of justice, said. "We conveyed that to the [federal] minister and we asked that it be conveyed to Minister Kenny."
Jason Kenny is the federal minister. In the past, authorities in Ottawa have said the deportation orders should be carried out and have raised questions about the actual status of the students.