The President of Nigeria Union in South Africa, Ikechukwu Anyene, on Thursday, decried the killing of a Nigerian in Hillbrow,
recalls that the Nigerian, Nonso Odo, 30, from Amangwu-Nkwerre, Imo
State, was allegedly tortured to death by South African Police officers
Mr Emeka Ezinteje, Public Relations Officer of the
union, told NAN in Johannesburg that the union decried the incident
after receiving the report.
Ezinteje said reports indicated that the deceased, who was a barber, quarreled with a fellow Nigerian in their business centre.
“After the quarrel, the fellow Nigerian stopped a police patrol team. The barber ran when he saw the patrol team.”
to Ezinteje, the police patrol went after Odo; 30 minutes later, the
police brought back the lifeless body of the barber.
“Not satisfied with the police report, some members of the union went to see the corpse in hospital.”
He said Sgt. Nengobeni, a South African police officer at the hospital, denied that the police killed him.
The officer said the police were flagged down by somebody while the victim took to his heels.
said by the time the police got to the victim, he was tired and gasping
for breath and was pronounced dead on getting to the hospital.
Ezinteje said the union suspected foul play and would get to the root of the case.
“We have also received reports by eyewitnesses that Odo was beaten to death.
have ordered a post mortem to ascertain the cause of Odo’s death. The
union will also take this case to the Independent Police Investigative
Department, for more investigation.
“The department is responsible for investigating wrong doings by police officers,” he said.
also said the incident had been reported to Nigeria`s Consulate General
in Johannesburg and Hillbrow Police Station, also in Johannesburg.
Source: PM News