By Damilola Oyedele
The Management of the Cyprus International University (CIU) has said it cannot be held accountable for the death of Gabriel Soriwei last September from injuries sustained when he was hit by a driver while outside the school campus.
It also dispelled insinuations that the 16-years-old university was not accredited by the relevant institutions.
Meanwhile the family of the late Soriwei has again insisted that North Cyprus is not safe for Nigerians.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja Saturday, the Director, International Office (CIU), Mr. Patrick Douse, insisted that North Cyprus is one of the safest countries in the world.
This, he said, in response to statements credited to the Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri that North Cyprus is not a safe country for Nigerians and that CIU is an unaccredited school.
“Those that are trying to make political gain and those that are trying to take advantage of the current negative press are happy to let confusion reign without proper investigations,” he said.
Douse insisted that the staff members and management of the school acted with professionalism and followed conventions of international protocol while returning the victim’s body to his family.
The school, he added, has also cooperated with Nigerian officials who visited North Cyprus in the aftermath.
Douse did not disclose the identity of the female driver who hit Soriwei and put him in a coma, attributing that to the ongoing investigations into the incident by the police.
“It is difficult to see how any University can be held accountable for off campus incidents during summer holidays, but perhaps the emotions and the lack of closure have led some to seek cause and effect and attribute blame where none exists. I do sincerely hope the family can come to terms with their loss and that the investigations reach their conclusions so the full disclosure of the facts can be in the public domain,” Douse said.