The Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has called on the Nigerian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur to open an investigation into the death of a Nigerian PhD student, Thomas Orhions Ewansiha.
Ewansiha, aged 34, who was undergoing his PhD programme at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Malaysia, was reported to have died in detention, leaving behind a wife and two kids.
The Immigration Department of Malaysia, had on Friday, confirmed that the Nigerian student PhD died in its custody.
Ewansiha, according to the Director General of the agency, Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud, had been detained during a raid on July 4 at 10.45 pm at the Desa Aman Puri area in Kuala Lumpur.
“The subject (Ewansiha) also fled but was successfully arrested by operation officers. The subject then presented his passport and checks showed that subject had a student pass that was still valid,” Dzaimee Daud was quoted to have said in a statement made available to MalayMail.
“The subject’s action in fleeing had raised doubts about the authenticity of the student pass that was owned by the subject,” the DG added.
He said that 20 foreigners, including Ewansiha, had been detained after the July 4 raid, adding that all of them were brought to the Kuala Lumpur immigration office, before being sent to the Bukit Jalil immigration depot on July 5.
The DG claimed that Ewansiha was treated for old wounds but on Tuesday, around 12.05 midnight July 9, 2019, the officer on duty was informed by other detainees that the subject suddenly had a seizure while sleeping, which led to his death.
On Friday, the university announced Ewansiha’s death on its Twitter page, stating that it learnt of the tragedy on Thursday.
Speaking with press men
on Friday evening, Dabiri expressed worry over the detention of the late Ewansiha, in spite of his valid student pass.
“I urge the Nigerian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur to open an investigation into the death of Ewansiha. We must ensure that the welfare of our countrymen in Malaysia is not compromised,” she said.
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