Stories coming out of South Africa in reference to Nigerians is not palatable. All we hear is the senseless, indiscriminate and callous killing of Nigerians by the South African police. The Nigerians also accused the South African police of extortion.
This maltreatment of Nigerians by the south Africans became heightened after the spate of xenophobic attacks on foreigners. The recent killing of 25-year-old Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus was totally needless and senseless.
To this end, Consulate General of Nigeria in South Africa is asking for an independent probe into allegations that it’s citizens are subjected to interrogation by a group of policemen contrary to reports by the South African authorities about the incident.
The Nigerian consulate said a team‚ led by the Consul-General‚ H. E. Godwin Adama‚ had visited the scene “to interface with the Nigerian citizens‚ with the hope of de-escalating tension‚ to allow the law enforcement agents to investigate the incident. And we hope that justice is done‚ as this is one death too many”.
“We do have confidence in the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)‚ which has obtained witness statements on the matter for further investigation.
“While we await the autopsy report and seek to resolve this sad incident‚ we‚ once again‚ appeal to our nationals to remain calm and avoid any further face-off with the police‚” the consulate said.
SA police said earlier this week that they were raiding an alleged drug dealer’s house.
Police said they found four occupants who were inside the house with a deceased person.
A video emerged online showing a dead man lying on the ground during the raid. In the video‚ a group of men were shouting at and aggressively asking the police who killed the man.