Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo talks to media at Dundas St. and River St. in Toronto on Sunday, October 11, 2011.
Credits: Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency
Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo - who has spent the last five years helping families of gun violence - is scheduled to be deported to Nigeria on Aug. 24 after being arrested on Friday.
Mike Sullivan, NDP MP for York South/Weston, has written to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews asking to delay the deportation.
"She honestly and rationally believes she will suffer harm or death in Nigeria as a journalist if she is returned. That fear is now heightened by recent tweets from unknown sources attacking her. These tweets have now been reported in Nigerian newspapers," Sullivan said in the letter.
He believes the tweets have come from within the Canadian Border Service Agency or from Immigration Canada because they contain personal information like the date of her deportation and the medications that Olunloyo is currently prescribed.
Sullivan says the RCMP have been brought in and have requested Service Canada launch an investigation.
"As you yourself were the object of malicious tweets, you must acutely be aware of the damage it can cause to your personal well being. In your case it was public information re-digested in a malicious attack," Sullivan wrote.
A Liberal staffer was fired after he was caught tweeting the messy details of Toew's divorce.
"In Kemi's case it is private information deliberately and maliciously disseminated to cause her personal harm," Sullivan wrote.
Olunloyo is currently undergoing a pre-removal risk assessment and Sullivan says that the deportation order should be stayed until there is an outcome.
"She is currently undergoing a PRA, and the knowledge and the effects of these tweets should be taken into consideration in the course of that PRA, and any decision to deport Kemi should be delayed until after the RCMP investigation and the PRA are concluded," Sullivan wrote.
His office has not heard back from Toews.
"We usually don't get a response for months," said Ornella Roman, Sullivan's assistant.
Calls to Toew's office were not returned on Saturday.