THE NIGERIAN CONSULATE – WE WILL PROTEST CONTINUED KILLING OF NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA

THE NIGERIAN CONSULATE – WE WILL PROTEST CONTINUED KILLING OF NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Consul-General of the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg, Mr. Godwin Adama, has said that the mission would protest the killing of Nigerians by South African police, as well as their high-handedness through official channels.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the planned protest followed the recurring killing of Nigerians resident in the former apartheid enclave, where some 130 Nigerians were murdered in 30 months up to September 2018.

Adama made the announcement while reacting to the latest killing of a Nigerian, Maxwell Okoye by the South African police.

He spoke in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Saturday.

Adama said that Okoye was killed on June 14.

The envoy, who described the persistent killing of Nigerians as unacceptable, said the issue had become worrisome and deserved urgent intervention of the South African authorities.

“I have confirmed the death of Maxwell Ikechukwu Okoye at the hands of South African police officers at about 01.00 hours on Friday, June 14, when a group of policemen invaded his house in Ladysmith in Kwazulu Natal Province.

“He reportedly alerted a leader of the Nigerian community in the area to the presence of policemen in his house and called for their intervention.

“However, help was not immediately available, due probably to the time of the night and the fact that all attempts to get him on line (sis) was futile.

“He was eventually reported dead by the police who claimed they met him foaming (at the mouth) when they broke into his house at that odd hour of the night, a claim that appeared suspicious and compromising.”

Adama said that by the time, members of the Nigerian community in the area got to Okoye’s home, his house was disorganised and he was reported dead by the police, who also took his body to the mortuary.

The envoy said that the matter was reported by Nigerians to the South African police, who promised to commence an investigation into the matter.

He said that the mission had also reported the matter to the national headquarters of the South African Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

“We intend to protest the matter officially through the usual diplomatic channels by the High Commission in Pretoria once all details are collated.

“This is about the third case involving alleged torture and murder of Nigerians by the South African police within one month.

“It happened in Cape Town, Durban and now in Ladysmith. As the Nigerian Mission in South Africa, we will not fold our hands and allow these infractions to continue.

“We will not stand by and allow this development to continue. We shall be visiting the area to see things for ourselves while engaging relevant authorities on the matter. It is unacceptable.”

(NAN)

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