Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has condemned the latest extra-judicial killing of a Nigerian in South Africa.
A Nigerian based in South Africa, Tochukwu Nnadi, was allegedly choked to death by Police in South Africa on December 29 after he was arrested for allegedly selling drugs.
According to eyewitnesses, the man, 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 it tightly until blood started gushing out.
The Nigeria Union in Pretoria has confirmed the latest killing.
The Secretary of the union, Mr. Adetola Olubajo, told journalists 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.
In a statement by her media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, in Abuja, Mrs Erewa described the latest gruesome killing of Tochukwu Nnadi by the South African Police as not only “worrying” but also “unacceptable” to the people and government of Nigeria.
“The barbaric behaviour of the perpetrators is not only unacceptable, but also calls for urgent attention by diplomatic authorities in Nigeria and South Africa,” she said.
While calling on Nigerians living abroad to always respect the laws of their host countries and be good ambassadors of Nigeria Dabiri-Erewa urged the South African government to ensure that justice prevails by carrying out investigation and bringing the culprit to book.
She, however, noted that the killing of Nnadi has brought the number to 20 Nigerians killed in South Africa through extrajudicial means in 2016 alone.