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Shocker: 20 Nigerians murdered in South Africa in 2016-Union
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa with President Muhamadu Buhari shortly after her appointment was announced

Shocker: 20 Nigerians murdered in South Africa in 2016-Union

The Union of Nigerians in South Africa have sent a Save Our Soul (SOS) message to the Federal Government over the murder of Nigerians in the country-adding that in 2016 alone, 20 Nigerians  were killed under such cruel circumstances.

Among such victims were Ikejiaku Chinedu, Monday Okorie, Gideon Ogalaonye, Nnamdi Michael, Adeniyi Olumoko, Christian Onwukaike and Tochukwu Nnadi who was chocked to death by the South African Police on December 29th, 2016.

According to eyewitnesses, Nnadi, 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.

The Secretary of Nigerian Union in Pretoria, Mr Adetola Olubajo, told newsmen in Pretoria that “the 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’’. Olubajo said that the union was not happy that all murder cases involving Nigerians in South Africa were never resolved.

Meanwhile, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the latest extra-judicial killing as “worrying and condemnable”.

Dabiri-Erewa in a statement in Abuja on Monday said the latest gruesome killing of Tochukwu Nnadi by Police in South Africa, was unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria.

The statement was signed by her Media aide, Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun.

She reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s calls to Nigerians to avoid crimes like drug peddling which attracts stiff penalties, sometimes death. The Presidential aide noted that the killing of Nnadi had brought to 20 Nigerians killed in South Africa through extrajudicial means in 2016 alone.

While appealing to Nigerians to avoid crimes, Dabiri-Erewa said the extra judicious killing of Nigerians is condemnable and unacceptable. “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.

Dabiri-Erewa urged the South African Government to ensure that justice prevails by carrying out investigation and bring the culprit to book.



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