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Coventry student Ozeivo Akerele: Mother searches for missing son

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Media captionIrene Akerele said she hoped her son was still alive

The mother of a missing overseas student from Nigeria has appealed for information to try and find him.

Ozeivo Akerele, 24, was last seen at Coventry's Iglu nightclub on Spon Street at 03:30 GMT on 31 January.

He had only been in the country for a few weeks, studying for a masters degree at the city's university.

His mother Irene Akerele has travelled from Abuja to help in the search and said she was "begging" anyone with information to come forward.

'So proud'

"He's a quiet boy, very gentle, kind-hearted, very generous," she said.

"He was excited about coming over here. I was so proud.

"I believe Ozzy is still alive. I'm holding on to that hope."

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Image caption Ozeivo Akerele had only been in the UK for a few weeks before he went missing

Police believe Mr Akerele may have been on the Foleshill Road, between Park Street and the A444, at about 07:00 on the 31 January.

He called friends for a lift from Coventry University, but when the car arrived he was not there and has not been seen since, officers said.

Mr Akerele is described as black, 6' 2" tall and of slim build. He was last seen wearing jeans, blue and white Converse trainers and a grey or black jacket.

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