Student passes away while in custody at Durham prison

Boniface Umale
Boniface Umale

originally by: The Independent
published: 9 April 2013

Nigerian engineering student Boniface Umale has died in police custody at a Durham prison in mysterious circumstances after he was detained for an unknown offence.

Mr Umale was studying for a masters degree in pipeline engineering at Northumbria University in Newcastle when he was arrested on March 24. Details are still unavailable regarding the offence he committed but he was detained at Her Majesty’s Prison in Durham where he passed away under mysterious circumstances.

Shocked by the development, his friends have got together and hired a solicitor to delve into the matter and have written to the Nigerian high commission in London asking it to demand answers. They are also asking for a post-mortem to find out exactly what led to Mr Umale’s death.

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