A 30-year-old Nigerian man has reportedly met his untimely death in the hands of South Africa’s police officers.
The Nigerian community in South Africa has reported the extra-judicial killing of a Nigerian man in that country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the killing of Mr. ThankGod Okoro, 30, from Ogbaku in the Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, is the latest in what has been described as recurring 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.
The Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, Mr. Habib Miller, who is based in Pretoria, confirmed the killing of Okoro in a telephone interview with NAN in Port Harcourt on Friday
He said that Okoro was allegedly shot in the head by a South African police officer.
“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.
Miller said that the police in Florida State had commenced investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the killing of the Nigerian.
He pleaded with the South African authorities to wade into the matter to discourage wanton 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.