A few blogs in Nigeria (very few) may have talked about it but still not many people, including myself know much or anything about the circumstances surrounding the death of Ozi Akerele. Ozi aged 24 went missing on January 31, 2015 after being in the city (Coventry) for just a few days. Reports say he went for a night out with friends and while he headed home, he took a wrong turn. CCTV cameras caught him on tape trying to flag down taxis and motorists so he could find his way home. That was the last time he was seen.
By the way, this Foleshill is the same area that Ozi was said to have been last seen walking trying to get a ride home. Not just that, the cops "allegedly" searched that area "thoroughly" in February last year and found nothing....
It's painful Ozi Akerele isn't here anymore today. The pain of sending a child to schools abroad hoping that somehow, they lay in greener pastures and instead of that happening, you receive his corpse instead....I can't even imagine it. Police reports now state they find no "foul play"...Really? No foul play? Someone that came into another man's country for a Masters degree so he could make his widowed mum proud just happened to enjoy being missing and end up dead right? A post mortem examination that was carried out last week Friday was inconclusive and they say further tests would be carried out to establish the cause of death....As much as I'm hoping the truth is uncovered, I already have doubts about it. If they already think his death isn't suspicious....I hardly believe any truth would come out of it. The one thing people take solace in is that his family and friends got a little bit of closure.
This whole event is a sad one. I have family there. I thought to myself, what if same thing happened to my sibling or my very close friends? How do I wrap my head around it....it's hard losing a loved one; it's even worse not knowing how he/she died.
The question right now on the minds of Nigerian students there is "could more have been done to find Ozi sooner, dead or alive?" I don't know really.....I've heard of people been taken and their corpses resurfacing much much later. But in my heart I know he could have been alive today. This post is intended to let all of you know that it's not all rosy outside Nigeria. A whole lot of shit goes down out there. And we know no matter how we try to deny it that Racism is as strong as it was before our generation....people actually struggle there. I really would not have come to know about any of this despite the fact it's been on the internet for over a while now, if a concerned Nigerian citizen also studying in the university hadn't sent me a message and urged me to read and say something about it. We can only hope somehow some day, we're treated better. I do hope some justice is served...I hope so. May the soul of Ozi Akerele, the souls of other Nigerians out there that have lost their lives in a bid to be better people and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace...Amen!
Talk with Krystal....do you think anything more could have been done? Could Ozi's life have been saved? Let's continue in the comment section...and do share this with a friend.