Authorities react to killing of Nigerian in Ukraine

Rahila Lassa, Abuja


The Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine has formally petitioned the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Police Department in Kharkiv demanding full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killing of a Nigerian medical doctor, Bolade Ibukun Ejemai, in Ukraine.

The Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who has been in touch with both the family of the deceased and Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine, confirmed this.

A statement by the Commission’s Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun in Abuja, stated that the Nigeria Embassy in Ukraine, delivered the Federal Government message to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Police Department in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

“It was reported that our Embassy in Ukraine has engaged with both the host Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Police Department in Kharkiv, informing them of the concern of the Federal Government over the death of Dr Ibukun.

“We have therefore requested for a full and thorough investigation into the circumstance surrounding his demise, with a view to ensuring that justice is carried out’’, Dabiri-Erewa said.

The NIDCOM Chairman added that Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine has called a meeting aimed at having further discussions on the matter with the affected stakeholders there.

Worried by the gruesome stabbing to death of a young promising Nigeria, Hon. Dabiri-Erewa got in touch with his family and assured them that the Federal Government will ensure that justice was done.


Giving details of how Dr Ejemai was stabbed to death by a lady identified as Victoria Popravko, with the connivance of her dad in Ukraine, Dr Ajayi, a friend of the deceased, said:

“Victoria Popravko invited Gbolade Ejemai over to her house on Friday, August 8, 2019, to talk things over in the morning. 

They have had some prior discussions which nobody really knew for sure as they were in a relationship. He went over to hers; it was not his first time visiting her, but turned out to be his last. .

They got into some arguments and one thing led to another, she stabbed him in his abdomen, twice, puncturing a couple of organs and landing him in coma. He lost about 40 per cent of his blood volume and that led him to a very critical condition. 

The Chairman, NIDCOM, described the killing of Dr Ibukun as a sad one and prayed unto God to give his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.