Death of 2 Nigerian students in Ukraine causes uproar

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ABUJA—Two Nigerian students at the Donetsk National Technical University, Ukraine, have died, after what  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sources described as circumstances bothering on alleged negligence on the part of the hospital authorities where they were admitted for treatment.

The late students, Theresa Olaoluwa Oresanya, third year Electrical Engineering  and Bede Olunna Ogbu, a Masters Degree Engineering  died Friday, December 10 and Wednesday, December 18, 2013 respectively.

News of the death of the two Nigerians students was reportedly relayed to the Embassy by the leader of Nigerian student association in the city.

“The embassy immediately, informed he parents of the late students of the sad event, in line with procedure. The father of late Theresa Oresanya authorized that autopsy should be carried out on the remains of her late daughter and that it should be conveyed to Nigeria for burial.

“The father of late Bede Olunna Ogbu indicated that autopsy should not be carried out on the remains of his son. He however requested that the corpse should be conveyed to Nigeria for burial. The remains of late Bede Ogbu was air- freighted to Nigeria on December 29, 2013 for burial.”

It was learnt that the Nigerian authorities may have begun the process of investigating the position of the students with a view to ascertaining the veracity of their claims.

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