An unnamed 49-year-old Nigerian man has allegedly died in Calgary, Canada, after confrontation with two Canada Border Service Agency officer, who were assigned to deport him.
The agency on social media, said the Nigerian citizen was on a KLM airlines flight 678, enroute Amsterdam, Holland when the incident occurred on Tuesday.
“On August 7, 2018, while attempting to remove a foreign national from Canada, an altercation took place between the individual and the two CBSA officers on board a flight from Calgary prior to its departure. The individual went into medical distress and was transported to hospital where he was later pronounced deceased,” the agency said.
The man was reportedly declared dead at about 4:30pm. The Canadian agency had yet to reveal his identity saying his next of kin has not been informed.
However, CBC News identified the deceased as a Nigerian, based on the documents from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Immigration Division.
According to the report, he was known to have been engaged in a lengthy battle to stay in Canada.
Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm of the Calvary Police Service’s homicide unit, revealed that an autopsy performed on Wednesday, did not confirm the cause of death.
“We will do a complete, thorough investigation. These investigations take time, and like any investigation, especially in this investigation, we’re going to wait for official autopsy results to come back,” Chisholm told reporters on Thursday at a press conference.
A detention hearing transcript from the IRBC, Immigration Division, on July 26, said the Nigerian was detained because he most likely would reject his deportation flight. The man, who arrived Canada in 2005, was said to have made comments that he would not allow himself to be removed from the country