- Residents complaints led to the arrest of twenty Africans.
- Wife laments the death of the husband.
The wife of Nigerian PhD student, Thomas Orhions Ewansiha, has reacted to the death of her husband in the Bukit Jalil detention centre earlier this week.
Ewansiha’s wife who was in tears in a video currently circulating on the social media wondered why her husband would be treated in such a brutish manner to the point of death.
The mournful wife of the deceased who was crying profusely lamented that having spent all he had acquiring education to PhD level, with right papers he had acquired to justify his stay in Malaysia, her husband was still maltreated by the immigration officers who she said allowed her to die like a chicken.
iDONSABI reports that Ewansiha’s death has sparked protests at the Nigerian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
The Immigration Department had in a statement said Ewansiha was arrested because he had tried to flee from its officers during a raid on July 4.
Despite producing a valid student pass, his attempt to escape led to him being detained for 14 days at the Bukit Jalil depot for further investigations and to verify the authenticity of his documents.
The immigration arrested twenty at the raid on apartments in Desa Aman Puri in Kuala Lumpur, which were carried out after the department received reports of African nationals who were suspected of not having valid documents.
Local residents had also complained about drug use, prostitution and public intoxication in the area.
According to the authorities, Ewanshiha died after apparently suffering a seizure while in custody.
“At around 12.05am on July 9, the officers on duty were told by the other detainees that the subject had had a seizure in his sleep,” said Immigration Department director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud in the statement. “Immediate aid and medical checks were conducted and the hospital was contacted to assist as well.”