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The Nigerian Community in South Africa, on Wednesday confirmed the killing of one of its members, Mr Clement Ofoma, at Springs town, near Johannesburg.
The news is coming less than a week after another Nigerian, Kingsley Ikeri, was killed at Vryheid town in Kwazulu Natal Province.
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Ikeri, 27, a native of Mbaitolu in Imo State, was said to have been killed from suffocation on August 30, 2017, as the country’s police, while interrogating him, used plastic to cover his face to extort information from him.
Meanwhile, it is understood that Ofoma, 35, a native of Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state – a businessman based in the town – was allegedly tortured to death.
NAN quoted Toewry Ofoma, a South African citizen, who is the wife of the deceased, as saying that about 10 policemen arrested her husband from his shop on Tuesday.
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She said the police alleged that he was a drug dealer, but her husband denied the allegations.
Her words: “They searched our house, his store, and other places, but did not find any substance. In the process, they tortured him to confess where he kept the drugs, but my husband insisted he had nothing.”
“The police used cellophane bag to cover his face and at a point, he was struggling to breathe and became unconscious. By the time they took him to a hospital, he was pronounced dead.”
In the meantime, Omezie Onyire, chairman of Obosi Development Union in Springs, has expressed shock over the tragic incident.
“He was an active member of our union and contributed to its improvement in South Africa,” he said.
“We condemn his alleged killing by the police and we will pursue this case to its logical end,” he said.
Adetola Olubajo, president, Nigeria Union, South Africa, said the matter had been reported to the Nigerian mission.
“We have also reported the matter to the Independent Police Investigating Department, a body that investigates crimes committed by the police,” he told Nigerians in the town.
“Also, our legal department will follow the case until justice is done,” he said.
It would be recalled, 360nobs reported yesterday that a 33-year-old Nigerian man was found dead under mysterious circumstances near Geddalahalli on Hennur Road in India in the early hours of Monday, with reports saying that he may have been killed by some Nigerians over there as a result of a disagreement over the quest for Biafra.