No sign of assault on dead Nigerian, says Immigration chief

A protest was held at the Nigerian High Commission last week after the death of Thomas Orhions Ewansiha.

KUALA LUMPUR: An Immigration Department investigation has found no sign of physical assault of a Nigerian post-graduate student who was found dead while being held in custody, according to the department’s head.

However, the department was still waiting for a medical report from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital to confirm the cause of death, said the director-general of Immigration, Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

The deceased, Thomas Orhions Ewansiha, 34, who had two children, was found dead in an Immigration detention centre after being arrested during a raid in Kuala Lumpur. He had been undertaking doctoral studies in management at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.

Khairul said: “As explained earlier, he (Ewansiha) died on July 9 and prior to that early treatment was given and the handling of his death was in compliance with standard operating procedures.”

“The Immigration Department has met with the Nigerian Embassy, the causes of death had been explained,” he said, adding that the meeting with the Nigerian Embassy last Friday was also attended by 22 representatives from other embassies and high commissions.

Khairul disclosed this to reporters during an integrated operation at Jalan Silang here today.

In a statement last Friday, Khairul said that Ewansiha died on July 9 in custody after suffering a seizure while asleep.

Ewansiha was one of 20 foreigners picked up in an integrated operation on July 4 at Desa Aman Puri here following public complaints.

Meanwhile, the police gave the assurance that they would continue to monitor the situation at the Nigerian High Commission here following a demonstration staged by about 20 people, claiming to be from the Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation Malaysia last Friday.