A 30 years old Nigerian, Mr. ThankGod Okoro, from Ogbaku in the Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State who resides in South Africa has been reportedly killed by the South African Police.
The Nigerian community in South Africa reported the Nigeria the extra-judicial killing of the Nigeria, a situation they described as recurrent pre-meditated murders of young Nigerians in South Africa.
Records show that no fewer than 117 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa since February 2016.
Mr. Habib Miller, the Publicity secretary of the Nigeria Union in South Africa confirmed the killing of Okoro in a telephone interview with NAN in Port Harcourt on Friday.
He disclosed that Mr. Okoro was shot death in the head by the South African police.
“The union is not happy with the latest murder of ThankGod Okoro on April 9 by a member of the South African Police Flying Squad at Hamburg, Florida West Rand in Johannesburg.
“The officer who shot Okoro claimed that the young man attempted to stab him during a stop-and-search operation” Miller said.
He added that the Acting President of the Nigeria Union, Mr. Joshua Ogade, and the head of the union’s legal team, Mr. Omoreige Ogboro, had visited the area where Okoro was killed to gather information on the incident.
“Our team has gone to the Florida Police Station to ensure that due process is followed in an attempt to seek justice on the killing.
“The Independent Police Investigative Directorate has been notified of the killing of Mr. Okoro,” Miller added.
He stated further that the Florida State police have commenced investigation the event that lead to the killing of the Nigerian.
Naija News gathered that he called on the South African authorities to intervene in the matter to curb wanton and continuous killing of Nigerians by policemen in the former apartheid enclave.
“Anyone suspected or found on the wrong side of the law should be arrested and tried at the appropriate court,” he said.