Legal Perspective Of Godwin Ayogu’s Murder In Ghana

Godwin AyoguThe Ghanaian police, last week, made a key discovery in their investigations concerning the murder of 19 year old Godwin Ayogu.

Five suspects have been nabbed, and they are all Nigerians; Ogunsanyo Abayomi, who was his roommate in first year, obi Ilozumba, Oti Chijioke, Jimoh Timilehin, and Isaac Ifidon.

Police are still continuing their investigations, and according to the Nigerian high commission in Ghana, they would be arraigned in court on May 5, this year. The commission also says the suspects are being kept in different locations, so as not to be able to compare notes.

An international lawyer, Mr Nelson Ogbuanya, spoke to Channels Television on the legal perspective of the crime.

He stressed the need for the Nigerian government to keep track of every Nigerian student abroad.

“The government should be able to track how many Nigerians are in some schools in different jurisdictions abroad to guide against situations where a student would be killed and the school authority would deny that the individual is not a student.

“We must care for our people,” he said.

He further talked about how a Nigerian can seek for certain rights while in another nation, stressing the need for a universal law that would cover certain individuals in foreign nations.

Ghana Police Makes Headway In Ayogu’s Death Investigations

Godwin AyoguThe parents of a Nigerian student killed in Ghana say they have been told that the police have made headway in the investigations of the suspected murder of their son.

The body of Godwin Ayogu, 19, a 300-level student of Cape Coast University, Ghana, was found on campus ground, disemboweled, and with stab wounds.

His mother, Mrs Lilian Ayogu, told Channels Television on Monday, that they were shocked when the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana, who has been working with the Ghanaian Police, told them that some suspects arrested by the police were Nigerians.

“Last week, the Nigerian Ambassador over there said that they have made some headway. He said that they got some guys and that the funniest part was that they are all Nigerians. Most of the guys they got were his friends.

“One person had earlier questioned why Godwin’s friends were on the run after his death,” she said.

Mrs Ayogu said that she was told investigations were still ongoing.

After receiving several reports on the killing of Nigerians students abroad, the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, headed by Abike Dabiri- Erewa, said it would probe the killings.

The committee and another on Justice and Foreign Affairs were mandated to conduct a public hearing on the issue and submit their reports to the house.

Lawmaker Seeks End To Killing Of Nigerian Students Abroad

Abike-DabiriA member of the House of Representatives in Nigeria has bemoaned the unfortunate killing of a 300 level Nigerian student at the university of Cape Coast in Ghana.

The killing of the student, Godwin Ayogu, drew attention to the maltreatment of Nigerians abroad.

But the late Ayogu is not the latest in such incident; four other Nigerian students have also been killed in varying circumstances in different institutions in Ghana.

The Chairman, House Committee on Nigerians in the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri, stressed the need for the government to employ every diplomatic avenue to bring the perpetrators to book and prevent such from becoming the recurring fate of Nigerian youths who study abroad.

“The embassy has done its best in the situation.

“Four children have died. Ghanaian authorities have done their best ensuring justice is done. But for the last case we learnt that the Ghanaian Police released whoever it was that they claimed could have committed the offence.

“I expect the president to get up and call the president of Ghana and ask him what is going on.

“I know we have our issues, which are the cases of our students going to Ghana to study. Eighty per cent of those in private schools in Ghana are Nigerians.

“We spend so much sending these children to Ghana and it is enormous and we should deal with the issues of these students being killed,” she said.

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.