Some Police Officers in South Africa would soon be arraigned by the authorities for allegedly killing a 25-year-old Nigerian, Mr. Ibrahim Olalekan-Badmus, in 2017.
According to the Nigerian Mission in South Africa, soem officers were implicated in the killing.
In a telephone interview from Johannesburg, Mr. Godwin Adama, Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa, disclosed that the investigation that the South Africa authorities were round up investigation into the killing of the young Nigerian.
“Badmus, a native of Lagos was brutally murdered by the South African Police on Oct. 10, 2017 at vanderbidjk park, South Africa.
“Police officers implicated in the murder will be charged to the High court any moment from now,” he said.
Police officers were alleged to have stormed the home of Badmus, an undergraduate at Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark in South Africa, with claims that he was trafficking drugs.
They however, could not substantiate their claims as there was no drugs in his apartment. He was treated brutally afterwards and he allegedly died of He passed out and died due to suffocation
The Consul General said that on hearing of the development immediately rushed to the scene where he interfaced with the aggrieved Nigerians and the police to calm frayed nerves.
“I led a delegation from the mission to visit the scene on receipt of the information. When we arrived at the scene, the place was tensed up because Nigerians there were not happy.
“We immediately met with the Station Commander in the area with some selected Nigerians.
“The police assured that a thorough investigation would be carried out and that the culprit would be brought to book,” he said.
He stressed that the authorities had said that the suspects would be charged to court any moment from now.
Mr Adetola Olubajo, the President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, blamed the failure to prosecute offenders as the reason for the continuous killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
“Lack of prosecution of these criminal activities has actually emboldened a lot of people to feel that they can kill Nigerians without any consequence,” he said.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa had, during his visit on July 11, said that the killing any national in the country was an act of criminality and not specifically targeted at Nigerians.
In recent times, there have been an increase in the incessant killings and attacks of Nigerians in the country.
The wanton killings of Nigerians in South Africa had sparked a number of protests there.
At least 14 of the protesters were taken into custody and allegedly branded drug peddlers.
NAN reports that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had expressed worry over the killings of Nigerians in South Africa.