South Africa Police kills another Nigerian

The Nigerian Union in South Africa Thursday, said that another Nigerian, Uchenna Eloh, has been killed in the Western Cape Province of that country.

Kanayo Onwumelu, Chairman, Western Cape chapter of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone from Cape Town that Mr Eloh was strangled to death by South African policemen.

Nigerian killings in South Africa (2017):

  • March 21: Xenophobia: Five Nigerians attacked in South Africa
  • April 7: Again! 2 Nigerians killed in South Africa
  • April 27: Nigerian man shot dead in South Africa
  • May 10: Two Nigerians shot dead in South Africa
  • Xenophobia: Two Nigerian beaten mercilessly in South Africa
  • Xenophobia: South African communities issue quit order to Nigerians

Mr Eloh hailed from Eziagu in Eziagu Local Government, Enugu State.

Onwumelu said:

“We want to call the attention of Nigerian Government to the senseless killing of innocent Nigerians by the police in South Africa.

“At about 11.00 a.m. South African time on Wednesday, a Nigerian, Uchenna Emmanuel Eloh, popularly known as “Monkey’’, was killed by a South African police officer.

“He was walking out of his house toward the bus station when a police van stopped to search him, suspecting that he might be in possession of illegal substance.

“Three policemen accosted Eloh, one of them, by the name Williams, held him on the neck suspecting that he swallowed a substance, while another police officer held him by the legs.”

The union official alleged that the policemen dragged Mr Eloh on the ground until he started foaming and suffocated to death on the spot.

He continued:  

“This is not the first time such senseless killing of innocent Nigerians was carried out by South African police officers.

“We have reported similar killings to the South African Government and Nigeria High Commission in South Africa and nothing was done to bring the culprits to book.

“We want the Nigerian Government to intervene to stop this brutality against innocent Nigerians and stop killing Nigerians out of hatred, racism or xenophobia.”

President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Ikechukwu Anyene also said:

“Our government needs to do something urgently to make it clear that Nigerian lives matter.

“We have made suggestions on what can be done, but it is now clear to us that the endless talks cannot yield any positive result.”

He said the union had engaged a lawyer to take up the case against South African Police Service.

“But, this kind of legal service should form part of consular services to provide legal services to victimised Nigerians,’’ Mr. Anyene said.

What should be done:

  • Violent actions such as those should not be tolerated by both the Nigerian and South African governments.
  • Proactively condemnation of hate speech and prejudice.

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