A Nigerian university student was killed on 31 January reportedly by locals in the Turkish Cyprus’s province of Famagusta. Kennedy Taomwabwa Dede, 28, was an architecture student of Eastern Mediterranean University. He was reportedly abducted from the city centre by a group who kidnapped him against his will.
Dede was taken home and killed by the group of eight locals, including three women, according to police officials.
Turkish Cypriot police found his body near a pond outside of the city and detected that he must have been killed after he was beaten up.
Three suspects, who were allegedly involved in the murder, have been detained by police. In their testimony, one of the detained suspects said they witnessed the murder even though they did not commit it.
Police said there were five other suspects, adding that the motivation of the murder was still unclear.
Meanwhile, university students protested on Friday the murder of their friend, chanting that they wanted justice. Friends of the killed student said he had been kidnapped previously in a similar way a week ago.
The university administration also issued a statement that said the murder had caused them great discomfort.
There are hundreds of Nigerian students in both the Greek and Turkish parts of Cyprus and the incident could discourage young people from the African country from studying in Cyprus.
Ömer Bilge/ Hürriyet Daily News