Protest rocks Sussex as Nigerian student is deported

Protest rocks Sussex as Nigerian student is deported

- The University of Sussex is experiencing an unrest following the deportation of a Nigerian student

- There are fears that the deported student will die of ill-health if deported

- Home secretary of the University has been highly criticised

The Argus reports that students at the University of Sussex have occupied a building within the school, following the proposed repatriation of their Nigerian colleague.

Sources disclose that the Nigerian student named Luqman Onikosi has been fighting against the threat of deportation for more than four years.

In the latest twist of his campaign to stay, he received a letter at the end of January, but dated May 2015, that his leave-to-remain application had been rejected.

The University of Sussex terminated his degree while he was still writing his dissertation.

Protest rocks Sussex as Nigerian student is deported
University of Sussex students occupy university rooms. Photo: Daniel Green.

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Onikosi is said to be suffering from a life-threatening liver condition due to having contracted hepatitis B, an illness which killed two of his brothers.

According to campaigners, Onikosi is certain to die if he returns to his native Nigeria.

Following news regarding plans to deport Onikosi, Sussex students have occupied rooms in Bramber House on the university’s Falmer campus.

The Bramber building has been the scene for several student occupations in recent years which have cost the university thousands of pounds in response to and which saw five students suspended in 2013 before the university lifted their ban.

A University of Sussex spokeswoman said: “We understand the group of students are supporters of Mr Onikosi, a former student of the university.

"The students are currently based in a conference room in one of our buildings.

"We are, and have always been, very sorry to know of Mr Onikosi’s illness."

Banners are being hung from windows in support of the Nigerian student and the home secretary Theresa May has been criticised by the students for her alleged role in the Nigerian student's predicament.


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