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FG expresses worry on safety of Nigerians in South Africa

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

The Federal Government has condemned the killing of a Nigerian in South Africa, saying it is deeply worried regarding the safety of its citizens in the Southern African nation.

The position of the country is contained in a statement issues by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on The Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who has described the latest extra judicial killing of a Nigerian in South Africa as ” worrying and condemnable”.

Dabiri-Erewa stressed that the Killing was  unacceptable in the statement issued by her media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, in Abuja on Monday.

In the statement, she said the latest gruesome killing of Tochukwu Nnadi by Police in South Africa, is unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria.

While reiterating President Muhammadu Buhari’s calls to Nigerians to avoid crimes like drug peddling which attracts stiff penalties, sometimes death, she however noted that the killing of Nnadi has brought to 20 Nigerians killed in South Africa through extrajudicial means in 2016 alone.

“The barbaric behaviour of the perpetrators is not only unacceptable, but also calls for urgent attention by diplomatic authorities in Nigeria and South Africa”, she said.

She urged the South African government to ensure that justice prevails by carrying out investigation and bring the culprit to book.

She reiterated her calls to Nigerians living abroad to always respect the laws of their host countries and be good ambassadors of Nigeria.

“While appealing to Nigerians to avoid crimes, the extra judicious killing of Nigerians is condemnable and unacceptable” she added.

Nnadi, was allegedly choked to death by Police in South Africa on Thursday December 29th after he was arrested for allegedly selling drugs.

According to eyewitnesses, the man, popularly known as King Kingsley, was not struggling after he was arrested and handcuffed, but one of the officers held onto his neck and squeezed tightly until blood started gushing out.

“My heart goes out to the families of the deceased  and pray God to grant the departed soul eternal rest”, the SSA prayed.

The Nigeria Union in Pretoria has confirmed the latest killing.

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