Nigerian man dies in UK’s largest detention centre

A Nigerian man, Oscar Okwurime has been found dead at a detention centre by another detainee The Independent reports.

The UK Home Office said an investigation is to be launched into the death of an immigration detainee who was found dead in his cell in Harmondsworth removal centre on Thursday evening.

Tapiwa Furumdi, 24, who discovered the still body of the man in the cell next to his, spoke in frustration while expressing his views about the disease.

Mr Furumdi said, “someone had gone into the room and found a body and started making noise. Apparently he was already dead. I heard something like: ‘This bloody immigration, look what they’re doing to us’,” he said.

“When I looked in the room, his tongue looked all bloated out of his mouth. I’m still shaken up by it.”

The 24-year-old said he didn’t know the man well, but that he was a “quiet guy”, adding: “He kept himself to himself, a really private person. He didn’t talk much at all.

In responding to this event, The Home Office spokesperson said: “The welfare of all those in our care is of the utmost importance. All deaths in immigration detention are subject to investigation by the police, the coroner and the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”

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