May 18, 2024

Policemen kill Nigerian national in South Africa, Diaspora’s group demands probe

Policemen kill Nigerian national in South Africa, Diaspora's group demands probe

By Luminous Jannamike, Abuja

A devastating incident has sparked outrage and calls for justice, as a 43-year-old Nigerian citizen, Prince Ebuka, was allegedly shot and killed by South African police in Danielskuil, Northern Cape. 

According to reports, Prince Ebuka was extrajudicially killed by the police, with eyewitnesses claiming that he was unarmed and posed no threat to the officers. 

The circumstances surrounding his death are still unclear, but sources close to the family revealed that Prince Ebuka was a law-abiding citizen who had no criminal record.

The Nigerian Diaspora Forum (NDF) has condemned the killing, describing it as a ‘senseless and avoidable tragedy.’

In a statement, Hon. Chike Amadichi, Country Director of NDF, urged the South African authorities to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident. 

He said, “The Nigerian Diaspora Forum (NDF) expresses its deep concern over the recent tragic event in Danielskuil, Northern Cape, South Africa on 17th May 2024.

“We urge the public to stay informed as we closely follow developments and cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation.

“Our commitment remains strong towards advocating for justice and upholding human rights for all Nigerians living in the diaspora.”

This incident has raised concerns about the safety and well-being of Nigerians living in South Africa, many of whom have faced xenophobic attacks and harassment in recent years. 

The group also urged the federal government to take decisive action to protect its citizens abroad.

As the investigation continues, the Nigerian community in South Africa and beyond is mourning the loss of Prince Ebuka, a husband, father, and friend who was brutally taken away from his loved ones. 

His family and friends are demanding answers and justice, and the world is watching to see how the South African authorities will respond to this tragic incident.