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Sunday, January 31, 2016

One year after Nigerian student Ozi Akerele went missing, his mum, UK police appeal for information

Today, January 31 marks a year to the day since Nigerian student, Ozievo Akerele disappeared without a trace leaving his widowed mother heartbroken. The 24-year-old Masters student of Coventry University was last seen after leaving a nightclub in the early hours of the morning of Jan. 31, 2015. 

Since then officers have released CCTV of Ozi’s last movements, issued media appeals for sightings and searched miles of the canal network and outlying area where Ozi was last seen.

Officers have worked closely with Coventry University who continue to distribute posters asking for information and have previously offered a reward of up to £20,000 for information which would help find the Nigerian student who came to Coventry to take a Masters Degree in Management of Information Technology after completing studies in Nigeria.

Ozi went out with friends to the Iglu club on Spon Street, but left alone around 3.30am. CCTV shows him hours later on the Foleshill Road between Park Street and the A444 shortly after making a call to a friend asking to be picked up near to the university. Sadly when the friend arrived Ozi couldn’t be found.

The latest search involved two ‘drowned victim’ search dogs from the National Search and Rescue Dog Association who travelled from Greater Manchester.
 
Handler Dave March and his Collie Sasha along with British Transport Police officer Mike Dermody and his MalinoisQuincy tracked a five mile stretch of the canal earlier this month. The dogs along with their handlers and two inflatable boats supplied by West Mercia Police searched from Coventry Basin to Hawkesbury Junction near to the Greyhound pub.

Previously Sonar equipment from the Home Office has been used in the search for Ozi, all to no avail. Inspector Alastair Orencas who is leading the search for Ozi. He said:
"In spite of extensive searches, investigation work and media appeals, we are no closer to finding Ozi. On the anniversary of his disappearance I am again appealing to anyone who may have any information to come forward. I am in regular contact with Ozi’s mother, Irene Akerele, and my dearest wish is to have news for her to end the limbo that she finds herself in."

Ozi left three brothers and his widowed mother in Abuja, Nigeria to travel to the UK.
After his disappearance Irene Akerele came to England to assist with the search. She described her son as being "on the quiet side, he doesn’t talk much, but he is a happy boy, he’s always excited. He likes friends around him, he’s very generous."
She spoke of his decision to continue his studies here:
"Ozievo was happy to come to Coventry University, he wanted it, he sought the admission himself. At times now, I regret sending him out to do his Masters Degree."

Source: West Midlands Police

55 comments:

Men of God said...

Seriously?


Ekenekwa m unu!

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NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Na wa o


...merited happiness

UWAGBALE ORIAIFO said...

Seen


Aka Royal Priesthood

osondu arinze said...

Sorry ma'am I pray he's found alive not dead. #still that Imo boy

Bimposhvilla oluwaseun said...

So sad, I can imagine how the mother feels..may God help him if he is still alive..

UWAGBALE ORIAIFO said...

By d grace of God he wil surely b found IJN. Its well wit our souls.


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Debbie Chelsea said...

Choi....Lord have mercy

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

I can feel her pains,take heart and remain strong.

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

RIP

Nnamdi Okolo said...

Hope he is still alive
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Jolly Smart said...

Sad..God pls save the poor boy

acid man(linda's husband) said...

So sowie mum....GOD is ur strength...beta days ahead..

Point And Kill said...

Sad.. .. . God have Mercy on him

Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

1year? Jeez

RareSpecie Z said...

Quite Sad.
Hate seeing Ma in lotta pains

Oluwa Bukola said...

OMG,,, so where's Ozi? Am still hopeful,,,.




#Linda'spal

DBANJ CRUSH said...

Nawa o






LINDA NOTIFY DBANJ

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Observed, please inform the mother oh, with all humility and honesty I have feelings for Linda Ikeji and would sincerely wish to meet her in person this year as one of my resolution.

oguntoye oluwaseyi said...

Ndo




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Vivian Reginalds said...

After 1 yr? Really?
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Uche Anaekwe said...

So sad!!! The mother must be devastated








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Achi Izuegbunem said...

Na wah o..Hope they find him alive

JAYZSBOSS said...

How cruel

gold said...

Na wa ooo


Oloriawhy

Adenike Bamigboye said...

It is well

Yaneez Deeyah said...

I pray dey find him soon

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chioma jacinta said...

Chai ya! Is really touching. * it's well*

ahabike daniel said...

Akerele same unity house in skul back in secondary school

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

Sad news

Olaleye Titilope Damilola said...

I pray they find him

pretty face said...

Oh dear

livingstone chibuike said...

D guy must hv died

Ariens said...

A Mother's worse Nightmare...I can't begin to imagine the hell of a year she's had.

Lord whatever the outcome be, let there be closure to this as soon as possible.

wisdomer said...

Eyah

Ogenah Boris said...

What must have happened to him?

golda awosika said...

Na wa o, did dey ve to wait dat long?!





#*karlishah*

Jamila Shaibu said...

Eyahhhhh...so sad!

Maureen Mordi said...

Na wah oh

alaba eniola said...

it's well

Ufere Ejike said...

mama sorry. Its so sad

daniela desmond said...

I hope he's not dead...now I'm scared of going to England to school

Ufere Ejike said...

So sad.

Agnes akuabata Ibeh said...

I can imagine her pain

Anonymous said...

You be mumu o.

Luciana Chinda said...

Eyaaaaaa,

So sad.

Owakah I said...

SERIOUSLY?

owakah (A.K.A. Innosometin) said...

Too bad

Ogbewe Godfrey said...

So touching. The parent should take heart

Anonymous said...

Asin ehn! Serious MUMU

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigomma kingsley Wenceslaus said...

So bad

Isaac ogwu said...

ozi my guy... u are greatly missed. i hope ur somewhere healthy, n ders some explanation for ds.
meanwhile, we ll keep hope alive.

Angel Makiz said...

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Anonymous said...

I hope he is found alive. God strengthen his family. I know his brother

Anonymous said...

Well, Human remains have been found around where he was last seen in a disused church yard and it is suspected to be that of the missing Ozi. A post mortem is presently being carried put but the results haven't been concluded yet. May his soul rest in peace.

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