Saturday, 21 July 2018

South African police officers to face trial for killing Nigerian next week

In the coming weeks, some South African police officers will be brought to justice for killing 25-year-old Nigerian Ibrahim Olalekan-Badmus in 2017.

The Nigerian mission to South Africa in an interview today said the officers were involved in the killing. Nigeria's consul general in South Africa, Godwin Adama, said by telephone from Johannesburg that the South African authority had confirmed that the investigation into the murder case was almost complete.

"Badmus, originally from Lagos, was brutally murdered by South African police on 10 October 2017 in Vanderbidjk Park, South Africa, and the police involved in the murder will now be charged in the High Court," he said. declared.

Police reportedly stormed the home of Badmus, an undergraduate student at Vaalbijlpark University of Technology in South Africa, charged with drug trafficking. However, when the police searched his home, they found no medicine. They would have asked the deceased for money and when he could not give them money, they handcuffed him and made him an excess of pepper spray. He fainted and died of asphyxiation. Adama said the case was closed because of the tension generated by the development, with some Nigerians confronting the police almost taking control of the law.

The Consul General said that when he heard about development, he immediately rushed to where he got in touch with Nigerians and the police to calm frayed nerves.

"I led a delegation of the mission to visit the site on receipt of information.When we arrived on the scene, the place was tense because the Nigerians were not happy.We immediately met the commander of the The police assured that a thorough investigation would be conducted and that the culprit would be brought to justice, "he said.

He said that the authority arrested the police officers who perpetrated the crime and started the investigation. Adama said the mission had followed the case and it was clear that the investigating authorities had done a very thorough job as promised. He stressed that the authorities had stated that the suspects would be prosecuted at any time.

The President's Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has expressed concern over the murders of Nigerians in South Africa. Dabiri-Erewa said that as many as 117 Nigerians were extrajudicially killed in South Africa between 2013 and 2018 for flagrant reason or the other.

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