The Cyrus police have arrested 12 people including nine Nigerians for the murder of a Nigerian student.
The student identified as Augustine Wallies was a student of Near East University and was killed by his fellow Nigerians after being accused of stealing his roommate’s money. On Friday, 19th April, the victim was hit till he passed out and his body was dumped in a forest in Haspolat.
The police did an investigation and through the use of surveillance cameras were able to connect 12 people to the murder. They appeared in court in Lefkosa, Cyprus on Monday, 22nd April. Three of the suspects have already confessed to the role they played in the crime. One of them admitted that the murder took place in an apartment and the victim was severely beaten and strangled to death.
The names of the Nigerian suspects are Eze Christopher, Ambrose Kelechi Onyeukwu, Afamaefuna Hanry Uwadibie, Clement Ozuman Manufur, Christian Chukwuka Alzani. The other suspects are Zimbabweans, Waybe Ayanda Moyo; Amanda Nywambawe and Ghanaian, Nana Fosu Awoture.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that news of Nigerian students being killed in Cyprus has surfaced. On January 31, 2018, 28 year old, Kennedy Taomwamba was killed by locals in Northern Cyprus. The student of Eastern Mediterranean University was abducted by eight locals who took him home and murdered him. Afterwards his body was taken to a nearby pond and dumped. Daily News Turkey reports that an autopsy done on the deceased was able to determine that he had received several blows to various parts of his body, suffered serious lung injuries and eventually died after his head was crushed with a stone. Those arrested were between the ages of 16 and 28.
A similar situation happened in 2013, when Gabriel Soriwei, a Nigerian student attending Cyprus International University was killed. He was knocked down by a female driver and fell into a coma before eventually passing on. While, his death was an accident, eyebrows were raised at the fact that the female driver was protected as the authorities refused to reveal her identity.
As reported by Vanguard, the father of the 20 year old victim, Patrick Soriwei had released a statement where he criticised the authorities for their handling of the case. He said:
“First, neither the Cyprus International University nor the family of the woman who drove the car that killed Gabriel has found it necessary to at least write to the family to condole with us on the death of this young man who until his death was contributing to the economy of Cyprus by paying school fees as a foreign student. “It is also unjust that the authorities of Cyprus are hiding the identity of the woman who killed our child from the family. The police authorities in Cyprus insisted that it was the practice in their country to ensure that such a person was shielded from the family of the victim.”
May the souls of the departed continue to rest in peace.