Malaysian University Describes Nigerian Student Who Died In Custody As ‘Inspired Young Man”

Channels Television  
Updated July 12, 2019


Malaysia’s Limkokwing University of Creative Technology has described the Nigerian Ph.D. student who died in the custody of the country’s authorities as an “inspired young man”.

In a tweet confirming the news, the Selangor-based university said, “It is with the deepest regret that we report the demise of Orhions Ewansiha Thomas.

“Pursuing his PhD 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.”


Ewansiha died after being held for days, a development that has once again led to questions about the safety of Nigerians in some countries.

The Chairman of the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has called for an investigation into his death.

“I urge the Nigerian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, to open an investigation into the death of Ewansiha,” she said in a statement on Friday. “We must ensure that the welfare of our countrymen in Malaysia is not compromised.”

According to Dabiri-Erewa, he suffered a seizure while in custody.

“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,” she said.
She sent her condolences to his family, his widow and two children for the painful loss.