Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa on Monday, paid a condolence visit to the family of 19-year-old Fadlullah Agboluaje who died in Ukraine on January 9.
She revealed he died of “extreme cold”. This is coming after Agboluaje’s family had asked the federal government to investigate his death, which was said to have occurred shortly after he arrived in Ukraine.
Rofeeha, Agbolauje’s sister, had raised the alarm on social media that her family was informed that he was found dead in his room hours after he arrived at the Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine.
Speaking on Monday when she visited the family in Lagos, the NiDCOM chairperson said the school shouldn’t have accommodated the Nigerian in a facility that exposed him to such weather.
“The autopsy says he d!ed of extreme cold, but how could they have lodged the boy in a hostel without a heater? Looking at the pictures of the room, he was put in a deplorable condition and there were no heaters in the room, in a temperature which is below 4°.
I’m sure if they had informed him earlier, he would have brought his own heater. I’m here today and we will stand by the family and whatever it is, we can do to support the family on whatever decision they take on this matter,” she said.
On her part, the 19-year-old student’s mother said she wanted to travel with him but was denied a visa. She, however, urged Ukraine to grant her emergency visa on compassionate grounds so she could travel to see her son’s body. “I want to be able to pay my son the last respect. That’s the least I can get from the embassy.
I’m more than devastated; I’m more than broken. We both applied for the visa together. We were both refused but at appeal level, he was eventually granted the visa. I would never have allowed him to travel alone. Our plan was to go to Ukraine together. I want justice for my son. The institution didn’t not provide a duty of care. The room that was given to him was unkempt.”