High Comm working to prevent death of Nigerians in detention

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  • Sunday, 14 Jul 2019

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Nigerian High Com­mission says it has taken the necessary steps to address the death of one of its citizens in a detention centre with an eye towards seeking redress and preventing a repeat of such occurrence.

It said it was working closely with Malaysian authorities and was awaiting the results of the autopsy report.

“The High Commission has equally taken note of the concerns of Nigerians in Malaysia.

“The High Commission assures that necessary steps are being taken towards addressing this unfortunate incidence with a view for a redress and to prevent such occurrence in the future,” it said in a statement yesterday.

It urged Nigerians in Malaysia to continue to be law-abiding and to cooperate with the authorities and the High Commission while investigations were ongoing.

The High Commission said at the time of the arrest of Thomas Orhions Ewansiha, he was in possession of a student pass that was valid until Sept 23.

It also confirmed that he was a doctoral student of management at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.

Ewansiha died on July 9 while in detention following a raid in Desa Aman Puri by the Immigration Department.

On July 11, a group of Nigerians held a protest outside the Nigerian High Commission here.

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