Dubai Murder: Ambassador Denies Accepting UAE Police Report

Toba FalodeThe Nigerian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador Ibrahim Auwalu, has denied reports suggesting that his office had accepted the UAE Police’ report on the death of a Nigerian student, Oloruntoba Falode in Dubai.

In a statement by the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Ogbole Amedu Ode, the ministry said that its attention had been drawn to a story captioned “FG Accepts UAE Police Report on Nigeria Boy’s Death” which was published on page 7 of The Guardian of Friday May 16, 2014.

According to the statement, the paper informed that in a telephone interview with Ambassador Ibrahim Auwalu, Nigeria’s principal envoy to the UAE, it obtained explanation to the effect that his mission had “received the report of Oloruntoba Oluwadamilola Falode’s death”.

“In scouring through the story, there was nowhere the Ambassador was quoted as having accepted the contents of the police report and forensic investigations carried out on the remains of the deceased. What is obvious in the report of The Guardian’s interface with the diplomat is that he (the Ambassador) provided highlights and obviously, the conclusion of the host police’s investigations into the alleged murder.

“This is in keeping with the letter and spirit of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). We must therefore hasten to say, that receiving a report does not amount to accepting the contents of the report as the caption of the story conveys”, the statement read.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry further stated that they were aware that as far as the family was concerned, the matter is ongoing and they would go by the wish of the family.

“Therefore, for us too, the matter is ongoing. Once the family says that they are not satisfied we continue because we represent Nigerians and their interest”.

Late Mr. Falode, was a 19 year old student of SAE Institute, Dubai, UAE and son of veteran Nigerian broadcaster, Aisha Falode.

Dubai Murder: Aisha Falode Seeks Justice For Son, Toba Falode’s Killing

Toba FalodeA grieving mother is crying out for justice for her murdered teenage son, who died in the United Arab Emirates under circumstances shrouded in mystery.

Oloruntoba ‘Tyler’ Falode, a 19-year old student of Audio Production at the SAE Institute Dubai, is said to have fallen to his death from his17th floor apartment in Manchester Towers, Dubai Marina.

According to a report from the Djebel Ali Police Station in Dubai, Mr Falode had been sitting on the railing of his balcony and swaying back and forth before taking the fatal plunge.

However, his mother, renowned sports journalist, Aisha Falode, has faulted this claim, and is accusing the police of a cover-up.

She said that based on her own investigations conducted along with human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, Toba was actually thrown to his death by one Faisal Al-Dakmary Al-Nasser, following an argument.

She held a press conference with family and friends of the promising young man in attendance, where she told the sad story. She described what must have been a long fall from an awesome height off the balcony of the 17-floor apartment of Manchester Towers, on February 15, 2014.

He stood no chance when he crashed onto the sidewalk. He died instantly.

Considering that Toba’s body was found about 15 feet away from the building and with so many inconsistencies in the police report, his mother, Aisha Falode, took it upon herself to get to the truth.

Human rights activists have also taken up the call for the Nigerian Government to live up to its responsibility and ensure that the death of one of its citizens under questionable circumstances is not handled with levity.

They believe there has been a conspiracy leading to a cover up in the dastardly crime against the young Nigerian.

Young Nigerians in search of the proverbial Golden Fleece have been victims of unsolved and unresolved murders in various parts of the world but as the mother, sister and friends of the late Toba Falode a.k.a Tyler Fray come to terms with their grief, they are asking that justice must be done.


HOR Mandates Committee To Investigate Killings Of Nigerian Students Abroad

house_of_repsThe House of Representatives has mandated a joint committee to conduct a public hearing on the increase in the number of Nigerian students killed abroad and report back in two months.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, raising the motion, said Nigeria students are being killed in different parts of the world and Nigerian students have become endangered species.

In her motion, Dabiri-Erewa listed Ghana, Russia, United Arab Emirate, Malaysia and South Africa among the culprit nations where Nigerian students had been killed lately.

One of her prayers adopted by the House was that Nigerian embassies in those countries should investigate the cases to a “logical end.”

She recalled that in Ghana alone, four Nigerian students had been killed since October 2013.

“Just two weeks ago, Mr. Godwin Ayogu, a 300 level Social Science Student of the University of Cape Coast, Central Region, was brutally killed on February 20 and his lifeless body was found on campus,” she informed the House.

She added that similar killing of Nigerians had taken place in South Africa, Russia, Maylasia and the UAE.

“A few weeks ago in Dubai, Toba Falode, 19-year-old son of a popular sports broadcaster, Aisha Falode, died in mysterious circumstances.

“He was a student of the SAE Institute, Dubai,” she said.

The House has also urged embassies in Ghana, Malaysia, Russia, the U.A.E and South Africa to ensure all the cases are thoroughly investigated.