10/18/2013 14:13 EDT | Updated 12/18/2013 05:12 EST

2 Nigerian students get deported after year in hiding

Two Nigerian students living in Regina who've been in trouble with immigration authorities are being deported today, CBC News has learned.

Victoria Ordu and Favour Amadi took refuge in a church after learning they would be forced to leave the country. The University of Regina students have been in hiding for more than a year, getting by with the help of friends.

The pair says their trouble stems from a few weeks in 2011 when they worked at a Regina Wal-Mart, not knowing it was not permitted under the terms of their student visas. 

The university said it supported the two. The case drew the attention of Liberal MP Ralph Goodale, who said the women should be allowed to stay.

On Friday, CBC News learned the students have been escorted out of Saskatchewan.

They're being flown to Toronto and are scheduled to be put on a plane to Nigeria tonight.

Immigration officials were not immediately available for comment. 

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