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Nigerian Student Arrested By Immigration In Malaysia Dies Of Seizure In His Sleep

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Nigerian Student Arrested By Immigration In Malaysia Dies Of Seizure In His Sleep

A Nigerian PhD student in Malaysia has died in the custody of that country’s Immigration Department, the Singapore based television Channel News Asia (CNA) reported on Friday.

Thomas Orhions Ewansiha died on Tuesday, apparently of seizure in his sleep,while in detention at the Bukit Jalil Immigration Depot.

Director General of the Immigration Department, Khairul Dzaimee, said yesterday that he was still awaiting the post-mortem report of Ewansiha, as well as a full medical report to identify the cause of death.

Dzaimee claimed that Ewansiha was among 20 foreigners picked up in an operation on Jul 4 at Desa Aman Puri in Kuala Lumpur, following tipoffs from the public and had attempted to flee during the operation but was captured.

He later produced his passport and was found to be holding a valid student pass upon further checks.

“The action of the subject in trying to escape created doubts on the validity of the student pass held by the subject,” Dzaimee said.

Ewansiha was suspected of committing an offence under the Immigration Act. He was held for 14 days for further investigations, Dzaimee added.

While undergoing the documentation process at the Kuala Lumpur Immigration office, he was provided with basic medical treatment by Civil Defence Force personnel as he had an old wound on his right leg, Dzaimee said.

Ewansiha did not inform Immigration officers of any sickness, he said.

The subjects detained in the operation – including Ewansiha – were sent to the Bukit Jalil Immigration Depot at about noon the next day. They were treated “appropriately” in accordance to the standard operating procedure (SOP) during detention, Dzaimee said.

At about 12.05am on Jul 9, the officer on duty was informed by the other detainees that Ewansiha “suddenly” had a seizure while sleeping.

“The Special Medical Unit on duty immediately examined and treated the subject and contacted Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital (HUKM) for assistance,” said Dzaimee.

The assistant medical officer – who arrived with the ambulance at 12.30am – examined and assisted Ewansiha, but the student was later pronounced dead.

Following the incident, the supervisor and officer on duty lodged a report at the Bukit Jalil police station.

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology said in a statement yesterday that it was informed of Ewansiha’s death.

The 33-year-old was pursuing a PhD in Management at the university and is survived by a wife and two children.



  1. Francesca Adjoa

    July 12, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    He can’t just died of seizure, he was tortured to death for his stubborness

  2. Jigi

    July 12, 2019 at 7:47 PM

    14 days is too long to keep a suspect,was it his attempt to run or his wound that kept the Malaysian ‘s imigration too long to conclude,if you doubted his student visa’s could have simply visited his school.
    The Malaysian government owe the Nigeria an apology and the dead student’s family for life.
    Nigerian embassy in that country should please do something.

  3. Segun Daniel

    July 12, 2019 at 8:41 PM

    Africa is doomed, it is high time we started a violent revolution against these corrupt politicians and their family members.


    July 13, 2019 at 12:14 AM


  5. iron bar

    July 13, 2019 at 3:01 AM

    we dont even need foreign ambassadors or foreign affairs minister..every dick and harry can do anything and get away with consecutive week,naija people being killed in diff countries and govt cannot even address it.

    • Fifelomo

      July 13, 2019 at 9:23 AM

      Sad, he was being tortured to death! Rip.

  6. Tito

    July 13, 2019 at 4:03 AM

    Why PhD study in Malaysia ? Is any university there better than Unilag, UI, Uniben? Anyway, RIP bro.

  7. Gbenga Adekuajo

    July 13, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Anybody expecting Nigerian official to intervene on behalf of our people be massacred across the globe must be a joker, One criminals leader exist only to plunder our resource nothing i hereby warned Nigerians in diaspora to stay clear of God forsake land called Nigeria do all you can to normalize yourself in your present country of resident as your home country is a plague to humanity.

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