Abuja, Nigeria: Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa on Friday condemned in strong terms the latest alleged extra judicial killing of another Nigerian,
25-year-old Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus by South African Police.
The killing according to her is the third in the month.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa in a statement declared that “This latest incident is gradually eroding the confidence of Nigerians in South Africa on the determination and ability of the South African authorities to put a stop to further and deliberate killings of Nigerians in South Africa.”
She, however, maintained that investigation to unravel the cause of the incident has began.
“The Nigeria Consulate in South Africa, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in South Africa has begun investigation into the killing. This is the first time an independent unit will be conducting such an investigation.”
She called on the South African authorities to ensure that the investigation was thorough and justice was done in the interest of the cordial relationship between the two countries.
While commending efforts of the Consulate General, H.E. Godwin Adama who immediately led a team to visit the scene of the incident and interfaced with angry Nigerians to douse tension, Dabiri-Erewa noted that “the killing of Badmus, 25, is coming barely three weeks that another Nigerian, Kingsley Ikeri, 27, was killed through extra Judicial means by the South Africa Police.”
On the five injured Nigerians in the hospital, Dabiri-Erewa said that the report from the Consulate revealed that it was as a result of the altercation with the South African police following a video clip that went viral on the killing of Badmus.
“Let me appeal to Nigerians in South Africa to remain calm and avoid any further face off with the police and await the outcome of the independent investigation on the latest killing”, she stated.
The Consulate General of Nigeria in South Africa, Godwin Adama, also earlier decried the alleged killing of a 25- year-old Nigerian, Mr Ibrahim Badmus, in the country on October 10.
Adama in a statement on Thursday in Abuja described the alleged killing of Badmus during interrogation by a group of policemen as “one death too many”.
The Consulate General, however, appealed to Nigerian nationals in the country to remain calm and avoid any further face-off with the police pending the outcome of the investigation into the issue.
He said that the Consulate had received the report of the unfortunate incident when a group of policemen visited his residence at Deforest Street in Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging, South Africa.
Adama said that a team from the Nigerian Consulate General, led by him had visited the scene to interface with the Nigerians living in the area.
The Consulate General said that the purpose of the visit was with the hope of de-escalating tension and to allow the law enforcement agents to investigate the incident.
“We hope that justice is done, as this is one death too many. We do have confidence in the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, which has obtained witness statements on the matter for further investigation.While we await autopsy report and seek to resolve this sad incident, we once again, appeal to our nationals to remain calm and avoid any further face-off with the police,” he said.