Nigerian govt expresses concern over killing of citizens in South Africa

High Commission of Nigeria in Pretoria [Photo Credit: Wikipedia]

The Federal Government has expressed concern over the spate of extra-judicial killings of Nigerians in South Africa, and demanded speedy action on pending cases.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, said in Abuja on Tuesday that there was no justification for the killings.

Ms. Dabiri-Erewa, who visited the South African Ambassador to Nigeria, Lulu Aaron- Mnguni, appealed to authorities in that country to ensure that justice was
done in the case of a Nigerian killed last December to serve as deterrent to others.

Tochukwu Nnadi, a 34-year-old businessman, was killed allegedly by South African police on December 29, 2016.

She said “we are worried about the criminalisation of illegal migration, especially among ourselves as brothers in Africa.

“We are worried in particular about the criminalisation of Nigerian migrants in South Africa. Yes, some do commit crimes and deserve to be punished, but the extra-judicial killings worry us a lot.

“We also want to appeal to Nigerians wherever they are to obey the laws of the land:
we are worried as well, about extra-judicial killings anywhere in the world.”

She said Nigeria lost 116 persons to such killings in South Africa; and in 2016 alone, 20 persons were killed.

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa hoped that relationship between both countries remained strong and
better and distractions avoided.

Mr. Aaron-Mnguni said the killings would be investigated and those involved would be

He said “South Africa has high level of technology to know how a person dies.”

According to him, pathologists and the police will fish out the truth and those found guilty will be sentenced.



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  • “Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa hoped that relationship between both countries remained strong and
    better and distractions avoided” Whom do you represent ‘carry favor with south africa’ or Nigerians?

    • Julius

      I’m wondering about that also but, I also know she has to be diplomatic . These killings in SA is too many and Nigeria has to do something about it. Period. No matter what the crime is, killing our citizens is not the answer. We are not doing that to their citizens in Nigeria.

      • Mkabayi

        Nigerians “dying” here are a drop in the ocean compared to SA citizens who have been killed and their lives destroyed by the Nigerian druglords, who pimp and human traffick our children. Before you grandstand and regard your citizens as victims; come and see the disgusting things your people are doing here in SA.

        They have destroyed so many young lives. I have no sympathy for many of Nigerians here. Come and fetch your druglords and pimps….then we can talk.

        • Julius

          They should be arrested, prosecuted and sent to jail and if there is death penalty, they should be sent to the gallow. Just killing anybody on the street, outside the judiciary is unacceptable.

          • Mkabayi

            Do you have evidence that Nigerians are exclusively targeted and killed in jail or you are just repeating hearsay?? And how do you come to the conclusion that “Nigerians are just killed on the streets”?

            Many Nigerians that “die on the streets”…in your words….are mostly involved in horrrendous crimes; mostly drug dealings, prostitution and similar crimes. You don’t politely ask such thugs to arrest them…..Trust me.

            How many law abiding Nigerians citizens, professionals and decent people living in SA die in your so called “judicial killings”?

          • Julius

            Did you read the news where this topic was posted ? I suggest you do that 1st. Thank you, I’m done !

          • Mkabayi

            News?? You mean hearsay? And that is supposed to be THE truth? You are funny.