Family Of Murdered Nigerian Student In Cyprus Cries Out To President Jonathan For Justice

Murdered student Gabriel Soriwei
By SaharaReporters, New York

The family of Gabriel Soriwei, a Nigerian student who was killed in the North Cyprus city of Nicosia, has cried out to President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the National Assembly to help in their quest for justice.

Soriwei, 20, was a first year student of Electrical/Electronic/Engineering at the Cyprus International University in Nicosia when he was knocked down by a female driver on July 13, 2013.

The student fell into a coma and eventually died on September, 7. On September 12, the authorities of the Cyprus International University flew his remains to his family through the same Turkish Airline by which he had arrived in that country in February to clear as cargo.

While the family says it has accepted the reality of the painful loss of their, child, they say his death has raised some issues about the value placed on the life of the Nigerian outside the shores of this country.

“First, neither the Cyprus International University nor the family of the woman who drove the car that killed Gabriel has found it necessary to at least write to the family to condole with us on the death of this young man who until his death was contributing to the economy of Cyprus by paying school fees as a foreign student,” they said in a statement signed by his father, Patrick Soriwei.

They described as “unjust” the fact that the authorities of Cyprus are hiding the identity of the woman who killed Gabriel, noting that the Cypriot police insisted that it was the practice in their country to ensure that such a person was shielded from the family of the victim. 

“The police told the father of the deceased, Mr. Patrick Soriwei, during a visit to Nicosia that the Turkish woman lost control of the vehicle which knocked down Gabriel. It was however gathered that the woman was drunk even though we have no proof of it.  The police said that the woman was detained for three days and released.”

Similarly, the family said that its investigations revealed that the Cyprus International University, which was said to be pursuing the case and which is host to about 700 Nigerian students, has shown lack of interest in the issue. Several entreaties made to the school authorities to send the belongings of the late Gabriel to Nigeria have been ignored.

“We have informed the Nigerian Embassy in Cyprus and the mission there does not seem to see this screaming demand to defend the rights of Nigerians in a foreign country as a priority.

 

“The best the Nigerian Mission in Ankara has done was to send one Uche to the university to find out the cause of the death. The Mission has not rendered the necessary assistance in getting the police to write a report on his death. This delay in writing this report, we believe, is inspired by a plot to subvert the process of justice in this matter.”

The family said it has therefore written to President Jonathan and the leadership of the National Assembly, with copies of the letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Turkish Embassy in Nigeria, and others.

“While the Soriwei family intends to pursue this matter to the best of our abilities, we urge the Federal Government and all Nigerians of good conscience to come to our aid in the search for justice over the killing of this innocent Nigerian child,” it said, adding that the life of a Nigerian child should be treated more decently than that of a stray animal.

 

“The situation doesn't seem to be different in this case.”
 

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It is not an accident when a

It is not an accident when a human is knocked down by a vehicle being driven by another human, it is a crime called CULPABLE HOMICIDE. Get your facts right.

I AM WRITING THIS IN CAPITAL

I AM WRITING THIS IN CAPITAL LETTERS TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE. DO NOT GO TO CYPRUS, BOTH NORTH AND SOUTHERN CYPRUS FOR ANYTHING ESPECIALLY STUDY. IT IS THE MOST USELESS COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WITH A BUNCH OF GOOD FOR NOTHING PEOPLE. IT IS SAD THAT BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC CONDITION OF SOME HOPELESS, WICKED AGENTS, THEY DECEIVED A LOT OF NIGERIANS TO COME HERE. PLS IN THE NAME OF GOD, SPREAD THIS INFORMATION TO EVERYONE AROUND YOU. A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE. I WILL PERSONALLY LAUNCH THE DON'T GO CYPRUS CAMPAIGN IN NIGERIA IN EARNEST. BULLSHIT

MY CONDOLENCE TO THE BRIEVED FAMILY

May the Almighty God give the brieved Family the fortitude to bear this irrepairable lose. Besides, I have been to Nicosia and other Cities of Cyprus, it is a lovely place with less than five hundred thousand citizens. The family should prevail on the good people of the Rep of Cyprus to get the justice they deserved OR inform the Nigerian Embassy in Tel-Aviv, Israel, which is concurrently accredited to Cyprus. However, Nigerian Government must work harder to bring back the Glory of our Education which some of us enjoyed in the Seventies and early eighties.... God bless Nigeria.....

Appears that this was an accident

As reported, it appears that this was an accident so, what does the family expect the Nigerian President to do? It is rather unfortunate but, accidents do happen even in Nigeria. Also, why does the family believe that it would it take a Presidential level intervention to do something? Does Nigeria not have an ambassador in Cyprus? Nigeria has never been able to do anything to protect Nigerians abroad anyway so, should we expect a miracle in this case as far as the Nigerian authorities doing anything? Personally, I put my bet on pigs flying first before expecting anything from the Nigerian government, in this case. My prayers go to the family of this young man.

If not for the moribund state

If not for the moribund state of our education sector, why should someone go and study in Cyprus or Northern Cyprus for God's sake? Cyprus of all countries? Well, education in UK and US is expensive, and thus such countries, including Russia and Ukraine becomes an option.
Meanwhile, it is unfortunate that the young chap died this way. As it has been emphasized my some other posters here, the Nigerian government would not do anything to assist the family of this guy. Have they been able to help victims of such even within the country.
I sympathise with the family of this guy and advise them to take it in good faith, rather than wasting resources and energy on a battle they can hardly win.

If not for the moribund state

If not for the moribund state of our education sector, why should someone go and study in Cyprus or Northern Cyprus for God's sake? Cyprus of all countries? Well, education in UK and US is expensive, and thus such countries, including Russia and Ukraine becomes an option.
Meanwhile, it is unfortunate that the young chap died this way. As it has been emphasized my some other posters here, the Nigerian government would not do anything to assist the family of this guy. Have they been able to help victims of such even within the country.
I sympathise with the family of this guy and advise them to take it in good faith, rather than wasting resources and energy on a battle they can hardly win.

This is too bad how can this

This is too bad how can this be done, after all the fault is the leader, are we not seeing how Nigerians are flowing to Ghana for education? If the economy and the educational sector were ok, will there be any need for this ones to go to a land where they were not accepted for education.http://www.howtonigeria.com/2536/how-to-start-a-nursery-school-in-nigeria/ Please, let our leaders do something about ASSU stike.

the Nigerian govt should do

the Nigerian govt should do some thing to stop does agents who collaborate with the schools in North cyprus to deceive innocent Nigerians into going there. i am in north cyprus schooling now, and i will say the people here dont ve respect for us Nigerians or Africans living here, even though we run their economy

SW

@SW-reject islam. I av never seen an idiot dump.head like you. U are doomed forever. Islam remains the fastest growing religion in america and europe. Alhamdullilah!

@SW rejects-Islamm. No wonder

@SW rejects-Islamm. No wonder they treat you folks like baboon, since when is Cyprus an islamic state, half education is a disease my friend research before comment.

Too strong

@ SW-rejects-ISLAM , I understand your grievance, however two wrongs can not make a right.

Beautiful Country

Sad for the family, I pray God help them through this. I studied in North Cyprus, Famagusta and to be honest it's a very lovely place and it was some of the best years of my life. Beautiful Country, kind and lovely people. I pray that the University and Police will work together to bring justice to the family of the boy. I wish he was able to complete his Education.

Kibris seviyorum!

Sad for the student

Sad for the family, I pray God help them through this. I studied in North Cyprus, Famagusta and to be honest it's a very lovely place and it was some on the best years of my life. Beautiful Country, kind and lovely people. I pray that the University and Police will work together to bring justice to the family of the boy. I wish he was able to complete his Education.

Kibris seviyorum!

North Cyprus

From this write up, its obvious the wrter is not aware of the fact that Northern Cyprus is the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus. It doesn't have UN recognition and I don't still understand why parents are still allowing their children to attend universities and colleges in this scam country.
While my heart goes with the parents of this boy, had it been this occur in the the main Cyprus, the case could have been easily taken up through European Union. As Cyprus is a member of EU. But northern Cyprus is not.
For more information about Cyprus, kindly check www.opengate2euro.com thanks

And free yourself from

And free yourself from religious views if it borders you????? You saying Islamic countries what about the atrocities that the USA has committed in the past Hiroshima bombing, Vietnam war I have seen documentaries about the US's veterans of these wars, how they regrets how their country has lied to them and so on and they were all Christians, n so on plus the drones they are still droppings all over the world? Still , I love the US and I don't and never have associated their deeds with Christianity. So, old man, please grow more. So the world can be a better peaceful place for us all to live irrespective of what you believes in.

So Islam is a religion of

So Islam is a religion of destruction, huh???? Maggot! Ah! How stupid are you writer?? Do I need to tell you that it is nothing but TOTAL PEACE where Islam comes from where it originates?????????? Saudi Arabia of course! Where you will never hear nothing stupid like Boko Haram or terrorism. Don't judge the religion judge people. Your correct on that point, yes you are I won't argue on that one fact that in the Islamic countries it is always stupidness, killings n so on. But the fact is they accept the religion just like your black ancestors in Slavery accepted Christianity. So, what about all your crooked ass pastors that perform miracles up n down the country and now buying jets and building expensive schools that you yourself im sure might never afford to send your child to if you have one??????? So, fella why can't you leave religion out of anything that u do in ur life and live a simple life???? And free

Idiot

what about Damilola Taylor and others that were been brutally and racially murdered by sons of the evil white men who were Christians that enslaved ur fore fathers great grand n great great great and great grand fathers and still gives them Christianity while dying starving raped n many more in there in slavery. Because im sure you must be a stupid idle minded christian unlike the intelligent ones I knew. Christianity is giving to the black people in slavery dumb ass or do I need need to tell you to do ur research. Idle minded people like you causes chaos. You can't solve but add more to problems. So, fella, next time u wanna talk you use ur big head first and u can then use ur low sense to reason and approach things maggot.

Idiot

Your such a stupid writer, I see no reason why ur idle comments should be posted. If you knows so much about the Nigerian politics why can't your stupid n so low sense not even common guide your thoughts about Nigeria Boko Haram and the politics, and what has Islam go to do with the killing of this innocent young Nigerian man. Your such a maggot you need to be blocked forever from posting comments on here cos it is people ignorant and senseless people like you make things go worse. What about the Nigerian kids and youth that were being killed in Europe n in the UK,

This shows how little you

This shows how little you know about the world you live in. The most evil person in the history of humanity(Hitler),who killed 6 million jews and 12million people in total,is not a muslim, he is a CHRISTIAN. Does that mean all christians are evil? I will not say so, because just like there are bad muslims, there are good muslims too. Same goes to christianity or any other religion. Regarding cyprus, Muslims only make up to 18% percent of the countries population, and christianity make up 78%. So if he was killed by any follower of any religion, probability shows that he was killed by a christian. Get your facts right man....

Small knowledge and prejudice

Some commentators have started ascribing religious connotation to this incident. To start with, Cyprus is a Christian country, and the only majority Muslim area related to Cyprus is the Northern Cyprus (as a country) which only Turkey recognize as a country. Please do read a bit and may not come to show your prejudice and ignorance.

"The value placed on the life

"The value placed on the life of the Nigerian outside the shores of this country"????????? Are they joking? That's the weakest argument ever. Look at the present function of Nigeria...seriously?!?!?! Too many people are treated like second, third, or fourth class citizens on their own soil and they want to make that claim? What has happened is unfortunate and I truly wish that it had been handled with a bit more care BUT the same exact thing happens quite often in Nigeria. What a sad claim for the family to make and the worst part is the fact that someone in that country could easily point that out. This is all embarrassing. The outcry to the President lacks substance because he allows the same action to take place too often in his country. I don't place the full load of blame on him..there is a balance between the actions of those in leadership positions and the mentalities of those that they serve. Those bidirectionally influence one another.

Nigeria killed in Cyprus

Su Cyprus is now aMuslim couNtry?

See Them, IS cyprus a muslim country?

This is the problem of Nigerians. they dont know history and they talk about other countries and relate it to religion. in Cyprus is only 18% are muslims. why relating this case with muslims, fools you can not do anything to islam. you can only kill the muslims, but the islam will remain for ever.

What if the driver is a Christian...,?

Then Oritsejiofor should revive the dead boy with cocaine usually shared to CAN pastors every sunday. Men of God or men of shit.., juju worshippers

Your comments are as biased

Your comments are as biased as they are uninformed. Today, you claim that Muslims do not prosecute Muslims and tomorrow when you read a different article you would comment that Islam imposes too many laws and prosecution on its Islamic citizens so much so that you declare it uncivilised or whatever. You claim that Islam is an evil faith. On what basis? That it condemns nudity, immorality, vices, etc. These are all in line with the teachings of Jesus which you Christians today has completely deviated from. Your swift excuse is that most of these things are of the old testament whereas Jesus himself said "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfil". This is Mathew 5:17 (from your new testament that you claim to follow). In fact Jesus himself was a Prophet of Allah and a Muslim. Check out the following in your bible and see if they are not in line with Islam and its teachings. Mathew 12:39 Luke 5:10 Nehemiah 8 : 4-6.

Nigeria is not a Country but a Continent. Break up NOW!

Why would other countries treat people from continent Nigeria with dignity when building flyovers in one of the richest states in the continent is considered a ‘White’ elephant project?...when people like OBJ & IBB still walk free instead of facing the firing squad for their atrocities?...

How can you be treated with dignity when two continent Nigerians butcher a Soldier in broad day light in London? …and when another from Bokostani Republic put bomb inside his broukous in an attempt to blow up a plane?

How can you be treated with dignity when a former minister & Presidential adviser’s level of productive engagement in national/continental discourse is at the debasing level of superiority of ethnicity on the basis of who first produced a law graduate?

Give me my SS Republic today & with Pat Utomi as President, all citizens of the SS Republic anywhere on the planet will be treated with utmost dignity. Nigeria is not a country. It’s a continent.

Justice for Gabriel - Page 2

According to the write up, the country protects the identity of a suspect in a case like this, do you want Jonathan to change the law of a foreign land?

President Jonathan and his partners in corruption have not been able to address the issues of Nigerians within the country and you are talking about outside the shores of Nigeria.

I pray for the soul of the departed young man and for justice to be served at the end.

Justice for Gabriel - Page 1

Inasmuch as I sympathize with the family of this young man, this is the worst story I have read on Sahara Reporters. Very senseless write up; my son in elementary school would not write this. It is one thing to quest for justice for anyone and another to channel your pursuit to the appropriate area. To me, this is a case of a motor vehicle accident, presumably caused by a reckless driver, the police are involved, the university authorities have at one point showed interest as well, a Nigeria mission representative was sent to the school, what else do you want? Why not wait for the outcome of all these inquiries? Also, there are legal options available to the family, which in my opinion is the best route to take if the authorities are found wanton.

IF THE DRIVER IS A MUSLIM FORGET JUSTICE

If the driver is a muslim forget justice. Muslims don't prosecute muslims. It is a cult.

RIP, Gabriel. Jonathan cannot even help Nigerians in Abuja.

This is a lesson for all Christians who wish to send their children to ISLAMIC countries to study. STOP!ISLAM is a religion of death. ISLAMIC COUNTRIES DO NOT VALUE THE LIVES OF HUMANS. Can't we see that majority of ISLAMIC COUNTRIES are in chaos right now, where massive killings, war, underdevelopment, barbarism of epic proportions, insanity, disease, famine, etc. all thrive and are promoted by the blind followers of that evil faith. So, why would anyone willingly go to any ISLAMIC country, other than to go and be killed. Sorry, but I doubt if the Nigerian gov. can help, considering that thousands of nigerians continue to be killed by boko haram islamist without anyone being able to stop them. Students are even killed in this country in droves while national assembly members from the arewa north are interested in marrying children who develop breast and menstruate. THE EARLIER WE CUT OFF THE AREWA NORTH AND ISLAM, THE MORE LIVES WILL BE SAVED. ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF DESTRUCTION!

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