Six South African Policemen are to be arraigned over the killing of a 25 year old Nigerian named Ibrahim Olalekan-Badmus in 2017. This development was confirmed by the Nigerian Mission in South Africa on Friday to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to the Nigerian Consul General in that Country, Mr Godwin Adama, who spoke through the telephone from Johannesburg, investigations into the murder case have almost been concluded and the officers implicated with be charge to court.
“Badmus, a native of Lagos was brutally murdered by the South African Police on Oct. 10, 2017 at vanderbidjk park, South Africa”.
“Police officers implicated in the murder will be charged to the High court any moment from now,” he said.
Badmus, who was an undergraduate at Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark in South Africa had his home stormed by Police officers who accused him of trafficking drugs.
However no drug was found after his home was thoroughly search but the police still demanded for money from the deceased which he couldn’t provide. He was subsequently handcuffed and excessive pepper spray was also used on him. He died as a result of suffocation.
Adama disclosed that the case was classified as high profile because it generated a lot of tension as some Nigerians had a confrontation with the police and almost took the laws into their hands. He also disclosed that on hearing of the development he immediately rushed to the scene to plead for calmness on both sides.
“I led a delegation from the mission to visit the scene on receipt of the information. When we arrived at the scene, the place was tensed up because Nigerians there were not happy”.
“We immediately met with the Station Commander in the area with some selected Nigerians”.
“The police assured that a thorough investigation would be carried out and that the culprit would be brought to book,” he said.
The Nigerian Consul General further disclosed that the authority immediately arrested the police officers who committed the crime and opened investigations. The mission had followed the case and it was evident that a thorough investigation was be made as promised and suspects will be charged to court any moment from now.
Mr Adetola Olubajo, President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, blamed these killings of Nigerians on lack of prosecution of offenders by the authorities as this had emboldened them to continue doing so.
“Lack of prosecution of these criminal activities has actually emboldened a lot of people to feel that they can kill Nigerians without any consequence,” he said.
However, the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on a recent visit to Nigeria has condemned these killings emphasising that these were criminal acts and that they weren’t targeted specifically on Nigerians.
Nigerians living in South Africa have been targets of Xenophobia in the last few years with the latest being the assassination of Mr martin Ebuzoeme by unknown assailant in Yeoville, Johannesburg on July 12.