- Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, says the killing of a Nigerian in South Africa is unacceptable
- She says the recent killing of Tochukwu Nnadi has brought the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa through extra-judicial to 20 in 2016 alone
- The president's aide urges Nigerians to avoid crimes
The Presidency has reacted to alleged extra-judicial killing of a Nigerian in the South Africa by security agents.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the killing of a Nigerian in South Africa is “worrying and condemnable”.
In a statement made available to NAN, Dabiri-Erewa said the latest gruesome killing of a Nigerian, Tochukwu Nnadi by police in South Africa, was unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria.
She noted that the killing of Nnadi has brought the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa through extra-judicial to 20 in 2016 alone.
“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.
However, she reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s calls to Nigerians to avoid crimes like drug peddling which attracts stiff penalties, sometimes death.
“While appealing to Nigerians to avoid crimes, the extra-judicial killing of Nigerians is condemnable and unacceptable,” she said.
Dabiri-Erewa urged the South African government to ensure that justice prevailed by carrying out investigation and bring the culprit to book.
She added: “My heart goes out to the families of the deceased and pray God to grant the departed soul eternal rest.”
Recall that a Nigerian based in South Africa, Tochukwu Nnadi, was allegedly choked to death by police in South Africa on Thursday, December 29, 2016 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 tightly until blood started gushing out.