FG protests killing of Nigerians in South Africa

The Nigerian mission in South Africa said it has expressed its displeasure at the killing of Nigerians to the government of that country.

The police in South Africa had recently killed two Nigerians in possession of drugs.

Kingsley Ikeri, from Imo state, was allegedly killed by the police at Vryheid town, in KwaZulu Natal province while being interrogated for alleged possession of drugs.

Clement Ofomoa, a 35-year-old businessman from Anambra was reportedly killed by the police at Springs town, near Johannesburg.

Godwin Adama, Nigeria’s consul-general in South Africa, said the mission sent the letter through the department of international relations to the government.

“The Nigerian government has been swift in handling these issues. Following the killing at Vryheid, a senior diplomat, the officer in charge of consular and immigration, was immediately sent for an assessment,” he said.

“The diplomat met with Nigerian community, police, and family of the deceased.”

Adama said the South African high commissioner to Nigeria has been summoned over the alleged killings.

“The mission is on top of the situation and we are giving the welfare of Nigerians in South Africa priority,” Adama further said.

He added, “The issue we are having now is the police and the way they handle suspects. It is disturbing us.

“The Nigerian government is against crime and will not support any Nigerian involved in crime. But if a suspect is arrested, the due process of the law should be followed.

“Since the visit of the ministers of foreign affairs and Interior, we have not had any major issue on xenophobic attacks. The two governments have been able to take measures to check it.”

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