Are South African police they ones committing the xenophobic attacks?
Information from the Nigerian people group in South Africa has it that a 27-year old Nigerian, identified as Ebuka Okori, was killed by the police in Durban in the early hours of yesterday, Friday 19th January, 2018.
As reported by Mr Bartholomew Eziagulu, the Chairman of the Nigerian Union section in Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa, the deceased was a native of Umunze in Orumba North Local Government of Anambra. Bartholomew said that an observer tipped the group that two cops in mufti forcefully accessed the victim`s house at Campbell Street in Durban at exactly 2.am on Friday. According to him, the officers immediately demanded money from Okori.
“When he refused, he was handcuffed, taken outside and shot dead. The officers took away his cell phone, e-passport and other valuable documents. The relative of the victim was tortured and robbed of his belongings while a third victim, a South African, was also robbed,” he said.
Bartholomew said that the Ebuka Okori`s brother escaped from the house and called for help.
“The Metro Police around the vicinity swiftly intervened and picked the vehicle number of the assailants,” he added.
Eziagulu said that police investigators and another special police group which explores protests against their associates had been helping to capture the guilty parties.
Mr Adetola Olubajo, the President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, said that the national secretariat had been informed about the occurrence. He said that the union was observing the situation and had educated the Nigerian Mission and the South African police.