Nigerians dwelling in South Africa have expressed displeasure with the alleged killing of a Nigerian, Celestine Nwokeocha, 36, by the South African Police.
The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, expressed the sensation of Nigerians to the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) on the phone from Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday.
He mentioned witnesses reported that Mr Nwokeocha was allegedly tortured and overwhelmed to death in his home at Sasolburg space of Free State Province by the police on January 15.
“An inquest docket has been opened at Zamdela Police Station, Sasolburg, with case quantity 183/01/2019.
“Also, Independent Police Investigation Department (IPID) is concerned within the case and we’ve got been assured that justice might be served within the matter,” he informed NAN.
Mr Olubajo mentioned that two witnesses, Nonso, a Nigerian and Palesa, a South African, had been arrested by the identical police officers who allegedly killed Nwokeocha.
“The witnesses, nevertheless, appeared in court docket on Jan. 17, however whereas the South African, Palesa was granted bail, Nonso, who’s a Nigerian was denied bail.
“Autopsy has been accomplished by one Dr Humphris and no signal of any substance was discovered within the deceased abdomen.
“But there are bruises on his face, blood in his mouth and two bruises on his chest; an indication of lack of oxygen,” the president mentioned.
He suggested Nigerians resident in Sasolburg to remain calm and remain regulation abiding whereas the union works to seek out justice for the deceased.
According to him, Nigerians are suggested to keep away from participating in actions that can jeopardise the profitable prosecution of the alleged police officers.
“Nwokeocha is survived by his wife and seven-month outdated child woman,” Mr Olubajo mentioned.
Also, on the matter, the workplace of the Consulate General of Nigeria in South Africa, condemned the killing of Nwokeocha.
Laren Jingina, the Vice-Consul, Information and Culture, mentioned: “The Consulate detests in strongest phrases, infringements of the regulation by security brokers.
“The consulate calls for compliance with the due strategy of the regulation, if it suspects infringement by anybody it would do the needful.”
He mentioned that the consulate was already in dialogue with the related host authorities and would make sure that justice is finished and the affected police officers dropped at justice.
Mr Jingina additionally urged members of the deceased household and Nigerians dwelling in Sasolburg to remain calm and regulation abiding because the consulate seeks justice for the deceased. (NAN)