Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the latest extra judicial killing of a Nigerian in South Africa as â€œworrying and condemnableâ€. Dabiri-Erewa in a statement in Abuja on Monday said that the latest gruesome killing of Tochukwu Nnadi by Police in South Africa who gripped his neck, squeezed tightly until blood gushed out, leading to his death, was unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria
She reiterated President Muhammadu Buhariâ€™s calls to Nigerians to avoid crimes like drug peddling which attracts stiff penalties, sometimes death. The Presidential aide noted that the killing of Nnadi had brought to 20 Nigerians killed in South Africa through extrajudicial means in 2016 alone. While appealing to Nigerians to avoid crimes, Dabiri-Erewa said the extra judicious killing of Nigerians is condemnable and unacceptable. â€œThe barbaric behaviour of the perpetrators is not only unacceptable, but also calls for urgent attention by diplomatic authorities in Nigeria and South Africa,â€ she said. Dabiri-Erewa 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 respeect the laws of their host countries and be good ambassadors of Nigeria. She recalled that a Nigerian based in South Africa, Tochukwu Nnadi, was allegedly choked to death by the Police in South Africa on Thursday Dec. 29, 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. â€œMy heart goes out to the families of the deceased and pray God to grant the departed soul eternal rest,â€ the SSA prayed. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union in Pretoria had confirmed the latest killing. The Secretary of the union, Mr Adetola Olubajo, told newsmen in Pretoria that â€œNigeria Union is calling on the Nigerian Mission to demand results of investigations of all murder cases involving Nigerian victims from the South African authorityâ€™â€™. Olubajo said that the union was not happy that all murder cases involving Nigerians in South Africa were never resolved. In the year 2016 alone, it has brought to 20, the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa under such cruel circumstances. Among such victims were Ikejiaku Chinedu, Monday Okorie, Gideon Ogalaonye, Nnamdi Michael, Adeniyi Olumoko, Christian Onwukaike and Tochukwu Nnadi. Nigerians are perennial victims of the xenophobia in South Africa, with Nigerians losing more than 4.6 million Rand or N90 million during the last attacks. About 150 South African business organisations are currently operating in Nigeria, despite the formerâ€™s allegedly restrictive policies, which have made it difficult for Nigerians to invest in that country.