Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, has called for an investigation into the death of a Nigerian, Orhions Ewansiha Thomas, who died while pursuing a Ph.D. in management, at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Selangor, Malaysia.
Dabiri-Erewa made this known in a statement on Friday, July 12, in Abuja.
She explained that the deceased was detained by the Malaysian authorities for 14 days, despite having a valid student pass. This she said, resulted in the seizure he suffered before dying.
“Ewansiha had a valid student pass, but he was still detained for 14 days by the Malaysian authorities until he suffered a seizure while in custody,” the statement read.
She sympathized with the bereaved family for the loss and urged the Nigerian commission in Lumpur to investigate the death of the deceased.
“My heart goes out to his family, his young widow and two who’ve suffered such a painful loss”.
“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”.
Meanwhile, the Limkokwing University, while confirming the death of Ewansiha, described him as an inspired young man.
A tweet on the institution’s Tweeter Page reads: “It is with the deepest regret that we report the demise of Orhions Ewansiha Thomas. Pursuing his Ph.D. in Management, Mr. Thomas was an inspired young man. All of us at Limkokwing University wish to express our heartfelt wishes of love and support to all affected.”