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Groups protest killing of Nigerian student in Ghana

20 March 2014, 15:11

Lagos - Some human rights groups in Lagos staged a peaceful protest at the Consular-General of Ghana over the killing of a Nigerian, Godwin Anyogu, in Cape Coast, Ghana.

The groups carried different placards with inscriptions: "Save Nigerian students in Ghana, Justice for Godwin Anyogu, no more killing of Nigerians in foreign land.’’

They started the protest at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital gate at Ikeja through the Ikeja High Court to the Consulate at Oba Akinjobi Street, GRA to present their letter to officials at the consulate.

The leader of the group and President, Paths of Peace Initiatives, Dandy Eze, said that they were protesting the death of the Nigerian in which the Ghana police had made no arrest.

"We wish to bring to your notice the killing of a Nigerian student, Godwin Anyogu, who was a student at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

"The Nigerian was murdered by his roommates and others, who allegedly collected his school fees of $4 600 (about N7.3 million).

"Afraid that the late Anyogu would travel to Nigeria on February 19, 2014 to reveal the collection of his money to his parents, the gang decided to kill him on same date.

"Since then, the Ghanaian Police with the support of the university authorities failed to fish out the killers even when they know them.

"We are, therefore, using this medium to ask your government to look into this matter and call the police to arrest the suspects and the stolen school fee refunded,’’ Eze said.

The mother of the deceased, Ngozi Anyogu, who also participated in the protest, told the Ghana officials that she needed justice over her son’s death.

The Deputy Consular-General of Ghana in Nigeria, Isaac Essisili, who received the protesters, assured them that his country was aware of the incident, stressing that justice would be done.

"We are aware of what is happening. We are responding to a petition sent by the deceased’s father to the ECOWAS Court.

"We will send this petition letter now to Ghana for necessary action.

"I can assure you that the government is looking into the case seriously. I implore you to be calm while the investigation is going on.

"Ghana and Nigeria are one. We console the family for the death.

"I may not visit the family officially, due to international law, but on a personal ground, I will visit them to commiserate with the family,’’ Essisili said.

 - NAN

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