The senior special assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa has condemned in strong terms the latest extra judicial killing of another Nigerian, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, allegedly by South African Police.
In a statement she personally signed, Dabiri-Erewa said the killing is
the third in a month.
“This latest incident is gradually eroding the confidence of Nigerians
in South Africa on the determination and ability of the South African
authorities to put a stop to further and deliberate killings of
Nigerians in South Africa.”
“According to the Nigeria Consulate in South Africa, the Independent
Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in South Africa has begun
investigation into the killing. This is the first time an independent
unit will be conducting such an investigation she said.
The Presidential aide called on the South African authorities to
ensure that the investigation is thorough and justice is done in the
interest of the cordial relationship between the two countries.
Dabiri-Erewa commended the efforts of the Consulate General, H.E.
Godwin Adama who immediately led a team to visit the scene of the
incident and interfaced with angry Nigerians to douse tension.
Adama also had a useful meeting with the South African Police
authorities, with an assurance that the IPID which has started
collating materials on the incident, the investigation will be
thorough and conclusive.
The killing of Badmus, 25, is coming barely three weeks that another
Nigerian, Kingsley Ikeri, 27, was killed through extra Judicial means
by the South Africa Police.
On the five injured Nigerians in the hospital, Dabiri-Erewa said that
the report from the Consulate revealed that it was as a result of the
altercation with the South African police following a video clip that
went viral on the killing of Badmus.
“ Let me appeal to Nigerians in South Africa to remain calm and avoid
any further face off with the police and await the outcome of the
independent investigation on the latest killing’’.