Another Nigerian Dies in Hands of South African Police

Another Nigerian has been reportedly killed in South Africa as he was said to have been tortured to death by the police.
The Nigeria Union in South Africa has confirmed the killing of 27-year man, Kingsley Ikeri, who hailed from Imo State.
The incident happened at Vryheid town in Kwazulu Natal Province on August 30.
Bartholomew Eziagulu, Chairman of the union in the province, said in Durban on Friday that Ikeri was allegedly tortured to death by the police.
He said the union’s investigations revealed that the police arrested the deceased and a friend on suspicion that they were carrying hard drugs.
He said while interrogating him, the police used plastic to cover his face to extort information from him.
“In the process, they suffocated the deceased. When the police took him to the hospital, he was confirmed dead,” he said.
Adetola Olubajo, the Secretary General of the Union, said the national secretariat had been informed about the death of the Nigerian.
He said the body had informed appropriate Nigerian authorities and the police in South Africa.
In December 2016, Metropolitan Police in Cape Town had suffocated to death a man, Victor Nnadi, also from Imo.
Meanwhile, a senior diplomat from the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg had visited Vryheid on a fact-finding mission.
Some members of the union and other Nigerians accompanied the diplomat to the town.
A total 116 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa through extrajudicial means in the last two years, according to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The presidential aide disclosed sometime in February when she met with the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Louis Mnguni in Abuja, that seven in 10 of the killings were carried out by the South African Police.

Author: News Editor

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