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Nigerian student declared missing in Ukraine found dead weeks later

Nigerian student declared missing in Ukraine found dead weeks later


A Nigerian student, Caleb Obari, studying in Ukraine was found dead weeks after he was declared missing

The 21-year-old Nigerian graduate, who went missing in August after attending a yacht party with friends, was found dead in Odesa Oblast, Ukraine.

Caleb’s remains was discovered on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, near the coastline in Chornomorsk.

The Ukraine police said the cause of death is yet to be established and the case is currently being investigated as an accident.

It would be recall that weeks ago, Caleb’s parents released a video begging for help in finding their son who attended a Yacht party with friends after they were invited by a woman only for them to return without him.

According to the parents, the friends and the woman should be questioned about what happened to their son

A volunteer group called Rescue Platform 911, Obari was invited to a party on a boat by Vera Topalova, owner of a BDSM-themed bar Iznanka in Odesa. Out of about 10 passengers on the boat, Obari was the only foreigner. The boat set sail from the Sauvignon Yacht Club in Odesa and went four kilometers out from the coast but returned without Obari.

A friend of the deceased friend who waited for him after the party was over, said that when the boat arrived without Obari, other passengers gave his personal belongings, including a mobile phone, to him without any explanation of what happened.

Topalova in a Facebook post, few days after Obari’s disappearance, admitted to inviting him to the party but claimed he went swimming in the sea together with other guests and went missing which indicates he had drowned since he couldn’t swim.

After his disappearance, friends took to Twitter to trend the hashtag #JusticeForCaleb and a protest was held near the Nigerian Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kyiv on Aug 31.

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