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Nigerian awaits compensation for killed brother

A NIGERIAN man is still awaiting compensation so that he can take home the body of his younger brother, more than 18 months after he was killed by a local bar's security guard.
The man, who identified himself as Shuaibu, said he had to put on hold his job in Africa and remain in Shanghai to settle the affairs of his brother, Abdulmalik Shuaibu.
"I'm sorry," said Shuaibu, sobbing as he looked at a photograph of his brother. "Sorry, Mom and Dad. I could not bring him back to you."
"Sadly, I still cannot let my brother rest in peace," he said.
City's immigration police said Abdulmalik Shuaibu's body has not been claimed.
"No one wants to see his body staying in a morgue forever," said Shuaibu, adding that issues need to be resolved first.
In the early hours of June 12, 2009, Abdulmalik Shuaibu, 29, tried to enter the Manhattan Bar on downtown Jing'an District's Tongren Road.
He was stopped by bar security guard Yuan Gaofeng, who suspected Abdulmalik Shuaibu was a drugs dealer, a city court heard last year.
A fight broke out and Abdulmalik Shuaibu was knocked to the ground. Yuan then stamped on his head, the court heard.
Abdulmalik Shuaibu died from head injuries on June 13. On the same day, Yuan gave himself up to police.
He was sentenced 10 years in prison and ruled to pay the victim 200,000 yuan, (US$30,427) according to a judgment of the city's higher court last August.
Abdulmalik Shuaibu had no drugs but was behaving in a confrontational manner, the court said.
But Shuaibu says he has not received the money.
Lawyer Zhang Haijun said they are now appealing to Jing'an District court for 1 million yuan in civil compensation, listing Yuan and the bar management as the defendants.
"The bar should also be held responsible and closed down," said Shuaibu.
The district court is currently examining the documents on the case.
An owner of Manhattan Bar, which is now based on Nanyang Road, declined to comment on the case yesterday, saying a lawyer is dealing with it.
For Abdulmalik Shuaibu's family, the waiting goes on. "As a Muslim, he should have been buried soon after death," said Shuaibu.
Abdulmalik Shuaibu came to China in 2005 as a student and worked in trading afterwards, said his brother. His nine-year-old son lives in Nigeria.


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