Nigeria Speaks On Killings Of Citizens In South Africa
The Consul-General of the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, said the mission will protest killings and inhumane actions meted out to Nigerians by the people of South Africa.

Concise News learned that the planned protest follows the continuous killing of Nigerians resident in South Africa, where some 130 Nigerians were murdered in 30 months up to September 2018.

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Adama, reacting to the latest killing of a Nigerian, Maxwell Okoye, by men of South African police force said that the persistent killing of Nigerians is unacceptable, adding that the issue had become worrisome and deserved urgent intervention of the South African authorities.

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

”I have confirmed the death of Maxwell Ikechukwu Okoye in 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,” said Adama.

”He reportedly alerted a leader of the Nigerian community in the area of 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 online was futile.

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

Adama said that by the time members of the Nigerian community in the area got to Okoye’s home, his house was ransacked and he was proclaimed dead by the police, who took his body to the mortuary on their own.

The Consul-General also 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.”

Adama recalled that in October 2017, a related murder of a Nigerian, Badmus Olalekan from Lagos State by men of the South African police led to the arrest and arraignment of eight policemen in Vanderbijlpark Park near Johannesburg.

According to him, the case is currently at the High Court in Johannesburg and will be concluded in October 2019 going by the conclusions of the last court sitting.

”We are closely following up this along with the others to ensure that justice is served. We shall not leave any stone unturned concerning these matters.

”The high handedness of the South African police against Nigerians over flimsy excuses has become worrisome and deserves the intervention of the authorities.

”This is to protect the excellent relations that existing between the two countries as well as preserve coexistence of Nigerians and their South African hosts,” Adama said.