Nigerian found dead in UK detention centre may have died of heart attack

550, Oscar Okwurime

It has emerged that a Nigerian, Oscar Okwurime, who was found dead in a British detention centre may have died of heart attack.

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Late Okwurime, who had travelled to UK was detained at a cell in Harmondsworth detention centre after seeking asylum and was three weeks into his detention when he was discovered dead.

The 34 year-old according to information pieced together by The Independent may have died of heart attack.

An ex-detainee, also of Nigerian extraction who was released before Okwurime’s demise in an interview with the paper said the deceased was unwell and complained to the authorities but was left unattended.

The source who spoke to the paper on condition of anonymity hinted that the deceased may have suffered heart attack.

The paper quoted the person as saying: “Was he suffering from high pressure? I remember him telling me that when they detained him the nurse who checked his blood pressure, in his words, jumped off his seat because his blood pressure was so high. But they never checked up on him.

“Maybe it was a heart attack, maybe high blood pressure. Whatever ailment he had, being in detention triggered it.”

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