Nigerian PhD student allegedly found dead in his hostel room in Malaysia amid Coronavirus lockdown

A Nigerian man from Adamawa state studying PhD at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Dr. Chiroma, was reportedly found dead in his hostel room on Friday March 27.

Dr. Auwal Mustapha Imam, who also studied in Malaysia, said that the deceased might have died yesterday but his body was discovered on Friday morning.

“A Nigerian from Adamawa state studying PhD at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Dr. Chiroma has died in his hostel room amidst coronavirus lockdown. He might have died since yesterday, but his body was seen dead today after several hours without seeing him. He is a nice and friendly man, also so jovial.

May Allah forgive him and give the family fortitude to bear the loss. Amin” he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysia has been on lockdown for over two weeks but the lock down has been by another two weeks. This was to further contain the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a live telecast last week.

All houses of worship and businesses are to remain closed, except supermarkets, markets, minimarkets and convenience stores, with Friday prayers suspended for Muslims, in line with a decree by the Malaysian king.

Save for essential services like utilities, telecommunications, transport, banking, health, pharmacies, ports, airports, cleaning and food supplies, all other government and private premises will also remain closed. This includes all schools and universities.

Tourists will not be allowed to enter the country, while Malaysians are banned from travelling overseas. Those returning to Malaysia will have to undergo health checks and a 14-day self quarantine period.

There is a ban on public gatherings and movements, including religious, sports, social and cultural activities.

 

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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