Nigerian government warns against the killing of its citizens by South Africans

The xenophobic attacks of Nigerians in South Africa has gotten the attention of the home government.

The Consul-General of the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg, Mr. Godwin Adama, has said that the mission would protest the killing of Nigerians by South African police, as well as their high-handedness through official channels.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the planned protest followed the recurring killing of Nigerians resident in the former apartheid enclave, where some 130 Nigerians were murdered in 30 months up to September 2018.

Adama made the announcement while reacting to the latest killing of a Nigerian, Maxwell Okoye by the South African police.

He spoke in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Saturday.

Adama said that Okoye was killed on June 14.

The envoy, who described the persistent killing of Nigerians as unacceptable, said the issue had become worrisome and deserved urgent intervention of the South African authorities.

“I have confirmed the death of Maxwell Ikechukwu Okoye at the hands of South African police officers at about 01.00 hours on Friday, June 14, when a group of policemen invaded his house in Ladysmith in Kwazulu Natal Province.

“He reportedly alerted a leader of the Nigerian community in the area to the presence of policemen in his house and called for their intervention.

“However, help was not immediately available, due probably to the time of the night and the fact that all attempts to get him on line (sis) was futile.

“He was eventually reported dead by the police who claimed they met him foaming (at the mouth) when they broke into his house at that odd hour of the night, a claim that appeared suspicious and compromising.”

Adama said that by the time, members of the Nigerian community in the area got to Okoye’s home, his house was disorganised and he was reported dead by the police, who also took his body to the mortuary.


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