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22 Year Old Nigerian Student Matthew Ajibade Dies in Police Custody in United States

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Matthew AjibadeTwo Sheriff’s deputies in Savannah, Georgia have been placed on administrative leave with pay for “inappropriate actions” due to the death of 22-year-old Nigerian student, Matthew Ajibade, who died in their custody.

According to Savannah Morning News, Ajibade who suffered from bipolar disorder, died in the isolation cell of a Savannah county jail.

He had been arrested for battery after the police were called over a domestic incident.

Local news reports state that it was Ajibade’s girlfriend who called the police, and when they arrived; she told them he needed to go to the hospital. However, a preliminary incident report on the arrest states that neither Ajibade nor his girlfriend requested to be taken to the hospital.

When officers arrived at the scene, Ajibade was said to be standing with his girlfriend, and holding her tightly. They both had a blanket over their heads.

The girlfriend subsequently removed the blanket when authorities arrived, and when she did so, her face appeared to be bruised and her nose was bleeding, police allege.

The police report also states that when an officer tried to pull them apart, Ajibade “started to resist apprehension in a violent manner, and was taken to the ground, so that he could be handcuffed.”

 Ajibade’s girlfriend reportedly informed police of his medical condition, handing them a bottle labeled Divalproex, that contained pills. The drug is usually used to treat certain types of bipolar disorder or seizures.

Cpl. Maxine Evans and Cpl. Jason Kenny

The two deputies placed on leave – Cpl. Maxine Evans and Cpl. Jason Kenny

Authorities say he was placed in an isolation cell because “he became combative with deputies while being booked and his behavior was deemed dangerous.”

Ajibade eventually died in the cell.

His family is demanding answers, and insists that he should have been taken to the hospital instead of jail.

An investigation into the cause of his death is currently ongoing.

Ajibade who studied film at the Savannah College of Art and Design before deciding on computer science and switching to Savannah Technical College, was born in Lagos, Nigeria.

“Matthew was going places, and they were good places,” O’Mara said. “And we need to know why he’s never going to get there,” says his brother, Chris Oladapo.

Photo Credit: wjcl.com/savannahnow.com

29 Comments

  1. JohnMatilda

    January 9, 2015 at 7:29 am

    The girlfriend told u hospital she even gave u his pills as evidence yet u took him to d cell, an isolation cell for that matter, only God knows how that cell looks like and after all these irregularities’, d authority still have d guts to place u guys on leave with pay. Hian!

    • Diuto

      January 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      I am wondering why the girlfriend didn’t request for an ambulance instead of the police. Kinda weird

    • Jagun Abdulgafar Olayemi

      November 21, 2016 at 2:57 am

      911 is a blanket emergency number in the US, there is no special number for an ambulance, its left for the professionals to decide how to respond. At least that is what happens here in LAGOS when you call either 767 or 112.

  2. @edDREAMZ

    January 9, 2015 at 8:37 am

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    May his soul RIP…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  3. Ibinabo

    January 9, 2015 at 8:50 am

    “…have been placed on administrative leave with pay for “inappropriate actions”…” ??????

    • Cheryl

      January 10, 2015 at 2:59 am

      Seriously. How convenient for them. Is that even a disciplinary action?

  4. MJ

    January 9, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Poor soul. I hope his family and GF finds comfort.

  5. Audrey

    January 9, 2015 at 10:36 am

    …. Administrative leave with PAY? Seriously? America sef. kmt
    I wish his girl called an ambulance instead of the police. May he find rest with the Lord.

    • olu

      January 9, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      I bet she dialed 911 and the police showed up.

  6. JULIE

    January 9, 2015 at 10:52 am

    What a lot, I feel for his parent. RIP

  7. nnabuike

    January 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    If he is a white, would they take him to jail and not the hospital? and the two white monkeys are placed on administrative leave with pay!. Brother may you find peace with the Lord.

    • BubblyBliss

      January 9, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      you realise that one of the police deputies is a black woman, right? This was pure neglect not racial

    • hassan abdullah

      January 13, 2016 at 9:39 am

      A Negro and a Redneck…cop beat this guy to death instead of taking him to a hospital…slave mentality still exists in the South..The two deputies placed on leave – Cpl. Maxine Evans and Cpl. Jason Kenny

  8. Tosin

    January 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Heyyyy. Our son. Sad.

  9. kenitola

    January 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    the most painful part ever since i heard the news is that the officers were placed on leave with pay instead of locking them up in an isolation cell. This oyibo people sha.

  10. ak

    January 9, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    GEJ,

    Weya mouth dey now?
    No be now you suppose dey launch condemnation press release????… instead you go dey write lengthy sympathy letter to Charlie Hebdo in France

    Msscheww

  11. winifred

    January 9, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    the girlfriend sef, na wa for u o!!! why call the police instead of the hospital number? I hope u can live with yourself.

    • Maria

      January 9, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      911 is the general number you call for any emergency: ambulance, fire Dept or police.
      She has a right to defend herself so blaming her for defending her life which is our basic human right is not OK.
      The police should receive more than a suspension. They handled the situation very badly causing the death of another. If she took the time to let them know he was sick and needed medical help I am sure she is grieving his death and blaming herself already. That kind of guilt never really leaves a person.
      May his soul find peace and may God give his parents the strength to bear a loss greater than anything a parent can endure. Pls let’s pray for justice and strength for his parents and family.

    • Pat

      January 9, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      Hospital number??? Guess u don’t know how the system works. Hospitals are not called in times of emergency.

  12. winifred

    January 9, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    and why did she remove the blanket when the police came?? to implicate the boyfriend who is obviously sick? stupid girl. his death is on you.

    • MC

      January 10, 2015 at 2:55 am

      LMAO! You are obviously deluded. You think that the police can arrive at your house (after you call) and you can speak to them with a blanket over your head!?
      Also, she didn’t inflict those injuries on herself!

  13. Ademola Johnny

    January 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    This is a complete violation of fundamental human right………..this stupid act must stop & justice must take it stand. R.I.P

  14. African

    January 9, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I don’t believe this!!! I went to school with matt. I am in shock. RIP bro.

  15. Dee

    January 9, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    how is this a violation of fundamental human right? At least provide your evidence. It is sad a life is lost in this situation but I think both officers did what they were trained to do. They might have used excessive force during the process and that is for the DA to prove. To come on BN and start talking about things you have no knowledge about. There is no enough information or evidence here to prove if the officers did anything wrong. I feel bad for everyone involved in this situation. May his soul rest in peace

    • Jake

      October 14, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      I suppose it’s standard operating procedure to taser a man in the groin while he’s tied to a chair.

  16. dicksin

    January 31, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Oh the guy is not dead, he is just trapped in another body probably a white body as a slave for life. I hope his parent don’t dispose of his body. Slavery still occurs in america only this time it involves soul. Trapping. This the whites believe is extension of race but in actual reality they just force peoples souls out for the devil. See revelations 18-13

  17. Marvey

    October 14, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    New video surveillance show that he was beaten to death by the police. He was tazed in the groin 4x while tied to a chair. Police brutality is real everywhere in the world.#BlackLivesMatter

  18. Ready

    October 15, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Please update this story! Like Marvey above wrote, 3 of the jail officers are on trial for his death and it’s very obvious from videos from the weapons he was killed with that he was beaten and tasered to death!

  19. Ready

    October 15, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Our people need to know that “greener pastures” aren’t so green. Our men are dying everywhere. It’s not an African American problem, once you’re black, you’re still a nigger to these people. Personally, I’m terrified to have my loved ones live in America, particularly the South. Racism is very alive, y’all. Racism, discrimination, prejudice.
    As a person who lived in the US, I miss many aspects of it particularly infrastructure-wise, and although Nigeria isn’t entirely safe from trigger happy policemen either, I would rather be here. Let’s build our own, biko.

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