See the Nigerian Man Who Died of Starvation and Incarceration by India Landlord.
Michael Emenike Madueke, a Nigerian national, has passed away in a hospital after he was found starving and bedridden by police in an apartment in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad in India.
Kennedy, a Nigerian activist, claimed that Mr Madueke, an auto parts dealer passed from abuse and starvation after he was held against his wishes for about 8 months in the apartment by his Indian landlord because of non-payment of rent during the pandemic.
Sources revealed that the 30-year-old was evicted from his rental apartment and held in another at SG Impressions, against his will, where he was frequently assaulted and kept without food. He survived only on drinking water.
“Michael was found only after his brother sent the due amount from home. When his brother in Nigeria transferred Rs. 42000.00 to the landlord (Mr. Omveer Rahul) his state of incarceration and treatment was discovered. During his transport to the hospital on being rescued (between Apex hospital and AIIMS), he succumbed to the ill-treatment and died,” the Un-Fair Website posted on Sunday, June 20.
The Nigerian Citizens Welfare Association, a group of expatriates led by Kennedy, recorded clips of the rescue at the apartment.
The footage showed the vctim’s skin sticking to his shoulder bones. He is heard saying: “He wants more money everyday.”
In the clips posted by Un-Fair Web, another man can be overheard saying that they fed him, “What else do you want? Talk to his friend Rahul Chauhan.” A woman can be heard crying in the video, and saying, “Humne Kuchh Nahi Kiya (We did not do anything)”
However, police authorities stated they had not yet found evidence to substantiate the charge. No external injuries were found by a doctor who first attended to him.
According to reports, a policeman from Nandgram police station stated that they received a phonecall on the emergency number 112 on Saturday afternoon.
“He was living with the family of one Rahul in this flat for three months. The door was not locked when we arrived. His friend Charles Kennedy of Greater Noida and a few other Nigerians were present, and he took him to hospital with our assistance. There is no FIR.”
The officer also revealed: “Michael did not show us his passport or its soft copy. He said that it has gone for renewal…. Rahul is at fault as he did not inform police that he sheltered a foreign national. The local intelligence unit (of Ghaziabad police) is verifying his passport and these other details… Rahul is also a tenant.”
The officer said it needed to be verified if he was in hiding as his passport had expired. Kennedy said the passport might have been “held as ransom”.
The medical director of Ghaziabad’s Apex Multi Specialty Hospital, Rajeev Tyagi who attended to Michael first told reporters that Michael’s breathing was laboured, his oxygen saturation was 79 and pulse, 44. The normal values are above 94 and 60 to 100, respectively.
“He was unable to move both legs properly. He was not even able to move himself from the stretcher to the bed…. It seemed like a neurological disorder such as GuillainBarré syndrome (in which the immune system mistakenly attacks nerves located outside the brain and spinal cord). He needed a CT scan or MRI…. He was having edema (fluid retention) in his legs and looking quite malnourished. Either he was not eating properly or not taking a balanced diet. I asked Michael when he had his last meal. He replied that last night he had chicken and rice,” Tyagi said.
Asked, the doctor said: “There was no sign of assault. Neither did he (Michael) talk of anything like that.”
Tyagi says that he recommended that he be moved to a more advanced hospital with equipment to treat neurological disorders.
“Charles said that his family is in Mehrauli (south Delhi), and he should be referred to Medics Clinic over there. I said that he is not in a position to be treated in a clinic and he needs a super specialty hospital. He said that if the clinic recommends, then Michael could be moved to AIIMS or Safdarjung (Hospital)… We arranged an ambulance with oxygen. The driver told me that the patient had a cardiac arrest after 15 minutes after reaching after reaching Medics Clinic and expired…. Somebody from Medics Clinic told to shift him to AIIMS mortuary. Two (UP) policemen were in the ambulance,” Tyagi added.
The report from the emergency department of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences recorded “MICHEAL” (sic) a 30 years old male, ‘BROUGHT DEAD, PENDING INVESTIGATION” at 8.08 pm.
No feedback was gotten from a phone number given by Kennedy who said it belonged to Rahul, with whom Michael was staying.
Kennedy stated that the victim’s relatives in Nigeria had sent Rs 42,000 in two instalments to Rahul. It is not clear how much Michael owed Rahul.
“We have not filed a formal police complaint yet as we are waiting for what his family and the Nigerian High Commission tell us,” Kennedy
See how Nigerians reacted to this sad incident:
“This is disgusting and sad! And Indians are treated like Dons in Africa and Nigeria! Something has to change and fast!!”
A second wrote:
“Oh Lord! What a pitiful situation. May his soul rest in peace. I wish the Nigerian government would go for justice. The landlord should be made to pay for damages to his family.”
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