Tayo Faniran. Source: Instagram

The Nigerian Government has petitioned the South Africa Police Authorities over the attack on a Nigerian and former Big Brother Africa Star, Tayo Faniran.

The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said in a statement on Saturday, that the move is to get justice for Faniran.

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Concise News reports that Faniran was seen beaten by two South African policemen in a video posted on his Instagram handle on Thursday.

Dabiri-Erewa said the Nigerian mission in South Africa, who is pressing for a case against the police brutality, said the independent police investigative directorate which deals with cases involving South Africa police officers has commenced work on the matter.

She said the Consular-General has also met with Faniran who is the latest victim of brutality on Nigerians by the South Africa policemen.

She said: “Our Consular-General has also met with Faniran, who was the latest victim of South Africa policemen’s attack on Nigerians.”

Dabiri-Erewa also confirmed that eight South African policemen are already on trial for their involvement in maltreatment of Nigerians in the country, and promised to follow up on this case and others involving attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.

“Eight South African policemen are on trial for their involvement in maltreatment of Nigerians in the country. We will continue to follow up on this case and others involving attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.”