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A 26-year-old Lilongwe-based Malawian man, Riad Randeri, has died in Brazil in what his parents and community members suspect to be a drug mission gone wrong.

Father to the deceased, Hanif Randeri, who stays in Area 47 said in an interview Monday that he last saw his son in a taxi with a Nigerian national who is the father’s tenant.

“It was two weeks ago when I saw my tenant going out with my son, in a taxi. I went off to bed but my son did not return. When I asked my tenant, he said my son was within town. But after a few days, I called my son through

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WhatsApp and I was told he was in Canada.

“I held on to my patience, thinking he was okay and he would come back. Unfortunately, it was yesterday when the wife to my tenant came to tell me that my son was sent to Brazil by his husband and he has since died,” he said

Randeri identified the Nigerian national as Alex Ojukwu, nicknamed “Old Man”. He said the police arrested Ojukwu on Sunday but the suspect refused to disclose where exactly the dead body is.

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“I asked my tenant about the whereabouts of my son and it was this time when he told me that he had bought an air ticket and facilitated the trip of my son to Brazil.

“I am pleading with the government through the Malawi Police Service to help locate and repatriate my son’s body.”

Randeri said he tipped the police about the drug syndicate that exists in Area 47, a long time ago, but nothing was done.

Residents who we found at Randeri’s house threatened to take the law into their hands, alleging that some police detectives are on the pay-roll of drug-dealing Nigerians.

However, national police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, expressed ignorance and asked for time to verify the issue.

One of the residents, John Dzuwa, a relation to the bereaved family confirmed in an interview that the residents are ready to carry out an operation on the issue.

“We are working on a move to cleanse Area 47. This location has turned into a drug-dealers’ haven. We shall not leave any stone unturned in an effort to protect our youths,” Dzuwa said.

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