Rally held for former SUNY Maritime College student who is facing deportation

Oladokun Sulaiman, a former student at SUNY Maritime College, may be deported back to Nigeria.

Sulaiman's friends claim he was involved in a tuition dispute with the school resulting in an administrator reporting to federal authorities that he was acting suspiciously. That's when last March, officers from the Joint Terrorism Task Force took Sulaiman into custody. He was just two months away from graduating.

Supporters of Sulaiman say the college is to blame for their friends troubles so they staged a protest Friday in front of INS and at the college. The supporters say all they want is for Sulaiman to be allowed to graduate.

Sulaiman's lawyer says his client was cleared of any terrorist activities, but he is still being held in a New Jersey jail because the school has de-activated his status as a student.

SUNY Maritime denies the allegations that they are responsible for Sulaiman's incarceration. The school issued a statement saying, "We at Maritime College have not demanded or arranged for the detention of any of our students, nor can we now demand or cause the release of any student or former student who may be in the custody of federal law enforcement or immigration agencies.

Meanwhile a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security tells News 12 The Bronx that Sulaiman is in custody for immigration violations. Last June a judge ruled that Sulaiman be deported. Sulaiman is currently appealing that decision.

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