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Lawyer suspects foul play in death of Jonathan's nephew

02 July 2014, 20:29

Abuja - Renowned human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubaka, over the death of Akpomowei Awin, the nephew of the First Lady, under controversial circumstances.

Keyamo alleged that 31-year old was drowned under suspicious circumstance at a hotel swimming pool in Abuja.

He alleged the Ijaw Students’ Association of the University of Abuja invited the deceased to a picnic by the as part of the celebration of their cultural week.

The event was held at Agura Hotels.

“We were informed that sometime at about 400 pm (local time), the picnic came to an end and all the members of the Association left for the University of Abuja Campus and their various residences in Gwagwalada, Abuja. However, Awin stayed behind for some swimming exercise. However, in a most bizarre twist of events, Awin was found drowned to death in the swimming pool of Agura Hotels at about 600pm later that day and officers of the Garki Division of the Nigerian Police were called in,” said Keyamo.

He said a certified consultant pathologist conducted a post-mortem that confirmed Awin’s death was as a result of drowning.

“He further added that if the victim had received help within five minutes of being submerged, he would have survived. Our enquiries have shown that there were two life guards on duty at the pool who curiously left their duty post on flimsy excuses. Further enquiries also revealed that there was a busy bar beside the swimming pool. In spite of the expected attendant staff presence, the body of the victim was not found until over one hour after he had drowned,” stated Keyamo.

He urged the IGP to use his good offices in ordering a full Coroner’s Inquest for the purpose of resolving the foregoing queries and charge all those found culpable to court.

– CAJ News

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