Doctor avoids deportation
Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Jason Warick, Canwest News Service; Saskatchewan News Network
Dr. Femi Olokodana raised his arms in victory and declared “God bless Canada!” after a ruling Monday that allows him to continue his busy Nipawin medical practice.
Olokodana, 52, avoided deportation to the United States. His lawyer, Jeremiah Eastman, successfully argued Olokodana’s departure would result in significant hardship not for himself, but for his 1,000 patients.
His case was bolstered by testimony from Nipawin’s mayor and the CEO of the area’s health region.
Dr. Femi Olokodana (right) and his lawyer, Jeremiah Easton, were pleased with Monday’s ruling that will allow Olokodana to continue to practise medicine in Nipawin.
“I am excited,” Olokodana said following a ruling by immigration adjudicator Carolyn McCool in Saskatoon’s Court of Queen’s Bench.
McCool ruled in favour of Olokodana’s appeal. He was facing a removal order from last year.