Police in South Africa last Thursday killed a Nigerian, Tochukwu Nnadi, bringing the total number of extrajudicial killings of Nigerians in that country to 20 in 2016.
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora on Sunday described Nnadi’s killing as ” worrying and condemnable”.
“The barbaric behaviour of the perpetrators is not only unacceptable, but also calls for urgent attention by diplomatic authorities in Nigeria and South Africa”, Dabiri-Erewa said through a statement by her Media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun.
It was gathered that cops choked Nnadi to death while arresting him for allegedly selling drugs.
According to Rahman Balogun’s statement, an eyewitnesses, said Nnadi, popularly known as King Kingsley, was not struggling after he was arrested and handcuffed, but one of the officers held onto his neck and squeezed tightly until blood started gushing out.
“My heart goes out to the families of the deceased and pray God to grant the departed soul eternal rest”, Dabiri-Erewa prayed.
She reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s calls to Nigerians abroad to avoid crimes like drug peddling which attracts stiff penalties, sometimes death. She also urged the South African government to ensure that justice prevails by carrying out investigation and bring the culprit to book.
“While appealing to Nigerians to avoid crimes, the extra judicious killing of Nigerians is condemnable and unacceptable” she added.
The Nigeria Union in Pretoria has confirmed the latest extrajudicial killing.
The Secretary of the union, Mr Adetola Olubajo, told newsmen in Pretoria that “Nigeria Union is calling on the Nigerian Mission to demand results of investigations of all murder cases involving Nigerian victims from the South African authority’’.
Victims of extrajudicial killings
Olubajo said that the union was not happy that all murder cases involving Nigerians in South Africa were never resolved.
In the year 2016 alone, it has brought to 20, the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa under such cruel circumstances, he pointed out.
Among such victims were Ikejiaku Chinedu, Monday Okorie, Gideon Ogalaonye, Nnamdi Michael, Adeniyi Olumoko, Christian Onwukaike and Tochukwu Nnadi.
The statement from the SSA’s office adds that “Nigerians are perennial victims of the xenophobia in South Africa, with Nigerians losing more than 4.6 million Rand or N90 million during the last attacks.
“About 150 South African business organisations are currently operating in Nigeria, despite the former’s allegedly restrictive policies, which have made it difficult for Nigerians to invest in the country.