Chidi Samuel || Another Nigerian, 25-year-old Ibrahim Badmus was on Tuesday killed during a police raid in Vaal, near Johannesburg, South Africa.
The killing of Ibrahim by the South African security operatives is coming barely one week after the death of 35 years old Nigerian, Jelili Omoyele in Johannesburg over an alleged 300 rand parking debt.
Eyewitness accounts of events leading to Ibrahim’s death said the victim was allegedly handcuffed, tortured and suffocated while being questioned by about three policemen at his home.
One of the witnesses, a flat-mate of the deceased and a Congolese, Steve Lumbwe, said, “I found Omo (the deceased), my tenant on handcuff. There was a plastic where they put paper spray on him.”
“I asked the police ‘why are you doing this to him’? They said he’s a drug dealer, he must take out the drug and I was like ‘no, he doesn’t sell drugs’.
“My tenant was on handcuff and he started calling ‘Steve, I can’t breathe’. I started fighting with them and tried to help the guy but the other one (police officer) took me out as well.
“So when I went back inside, Omo was sleeping, looking at them and the police officers were like ‘he just fainted’ that they would call the ambulance,” Lumbwe added.
The Nigerian Consul General Godwin Adama and the Police Commander of the local police station Brigadier Nikiwe Hoeane were at the scene, calling for calm while investigations were ongoing.
With agency report