Buhari’s aide fumes as another Nigerian is killed in South Africa

South Africa President, Jacob Zuma. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN
South Africa President, Jacob Zuma. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has condemned the further extrajudicial killings of Nigerians living in South Africa.

This is contained in a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Abdurrahman Balogun, released on Saturday in Abuja.

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said the killing of Kingsley Ikeri, another member of the Nigerian Union in that country, at Vryheid town in Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa on August 30, was one death too many.

Mr. Ikeri, 27, was a businessman and native of Mbaitolu in Imo State. He is the second Imo indigene to be so killed in the last two weeks.

An extrajudicial killing, also known as extrajudicial execution, is the killing of a person by governmental authorities without the sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process.

She said in spite of all diplomatic talks between Nigeria and South Africa to put an early warning signal in place, “it doesn’t seem to be working”.

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa described the latest extrajudicial killing as “worrying and condemnable”.

She said that the latest gruesome killing of Ikeri by the police in South Africa, is “unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria.”

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s calls to Nigerians to avoid crimes like drug peddling which attracts stiff penalties, sometimes death,

She noted that the latest killing had increased the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa through extrajudicial means in the last one year.

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

She reiterated her calls to Nigerians living abroad to always respect the laws of their host countries and be good ambassadors of Nigeria.

“My heart goes out to the families of the deceased and pray God to grant the departed soul eternal rest”, the SSA prayed.

Bartholomew Eziagulu, Chairman of the Nigerian Union in the province, told journalists on Friday that Mr. Ikeri was allegedly tortured to death by the police.

He said the union’s investigations revealed that the police arrested the deceased and a friend on suspicion that they were carrying hard drugs.

He said while interrogating him, the police used plastic to cover his face to extort information from him.

“In the process, they suffocated the deceased. When the police took him to the hospital, he was confirmed dead,” he said.

Adetola Olubajo, the Secretary General of the union, said the national secretariat had been informed about the death of the Nigerian.

He said the body had informed appropriate Nigerian authorities and the police in South Africa.

Report has it that a senior diplomat from the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg had visited Vryheid on a fact-finding mission.

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa had in February during a meeting in Abuja with South Africa High Commissioner, Lulu Louis Mnguni said a total of 116 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa through extrajudicial means in the last two years.

Seven in 10 of the killings were carried out by the South African Police.

(NAN)


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  • Alkeyz Ironsi

    Well this is not good at all, must they always kill nigerians, what have we done to this people self? pls leave there and come back home before you get killed, Wait oh, how many innocent nigerians are nigerian government killing everyday? Abeg make una stay there, e better pass nigeria ooh

    • Julius

      Really ? well ….nvm !

    • Don’t come here go back to Israel or your own region, NIgeria belongs to all Nigerian not foreign igbo-biafras or IPOB criminals in nature.

    • Julius

      You want them to come back home and continuing fighting their drug war in the church ?

  • TMMWORLDWIDE

    We have a toothless government. Only Nigerians can get killed like that. Dabiri’s comments will not go pass her normal talk. You need to hold the government responsible. We treat foreigners with high respect in Nigeria but we don’t get treated the same back.

    • “If this is a toothless government” why don’t you send your own government kanu IPOB to speak and negotiate on your behalf, moreover must of the people killed are unpatriotic igbo-biafra not Nigerians.

  • Julius

    Stop talking, do something about these killings. Enough is Enough !

  • tsunami1earthquake

    The action of South Africa is becoming provocative. I just wonder whether South Africa would dare do that to nationals of other African or European countries.

    A ‘bully’ preys on the perceived weakness of his victim; that’s what we’re seeing here.

  • Man_Enough

    Are there no South Africans in Nigeria? Just a question.

    • Dawood

      Yeye useless minister. She will fume in front of camera, and then she’ll get back to discussing Versace and Luis Vitton with her elite and clueless friends. DO SOMETHING! Give the corrupt and useless South African government 72 hours to come up with answers and ways of compensating family of dead Nigerian, or shut down something.