By Gabriel Olawale
The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has call for proper investigation into the death of its member, Matthew Ajibade who died in United State police custody.
Matthew Ajibade a 22-year-old Nigerian student was arrested for battery after his girlfriend called the police over a domestic incident and was later kept in isolation cell at Savannah County Jail as a result of his suffering from bipolar disorder and later died on January 2 as a result of a scuffle with the officials of Savannah county jail in United States.
Following Ajibade’s death, two Georgia Sheriff’s deputies were given administrative leave with pay for inappropriate action.
Not satisfied with this judgement, in a statement signed by the Vice President , External Affairs, NANS, Ogunkuade Oluwatosin, described the untimely death of their colleague as a result of maltreatment being subject to by the authority despite their knowledge of his medical condition.
“Why did they take him to jail instead of a hospital bearing in mind his health condition? We stand to challenge the authority of the United State Police in Georgia over the mismanagement and mishandling of our student in their custody having being informed of his condition by the girlfriend, he was kept in an isolated cell, not minding his medical condition, and we can deduce that he has been subjected to maltreatment.”
NANS has under its ambit, over 45million Nigerian Students schooling at Home and Diaspora, and demands as a matter of systematic urgency an investigation and comprehensive report from Georgia Bureau of investigation and the United States on the cause of the death of our young talented Nigerian.