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Students who worked illegally leave Canada

Two Nigerians lived in Regina church since June 2012

REGINA – Two Nigerian students who sought sanctuary in a Regina church to avoid deportation have voluntarily left Canada.

University of Regina president Vianne Timmons says she said goodbye at the airport today to Victoria Ordu and Ihouma Amadi.

The students were told in June 2012 that they had to leave Canada because they had worked illegally for two weeks at a Walmart store.

They said they thought they were allowed to work because they had social insurance numbers.

Timmons says it was sad to see the young women leave and she hopes they can come back to finish their degrees.

The pair had completed three years of study at the university and had the support of fellow students, the provincial government, the Opposition NDP and Liberal MP Ralph Goodale.

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