South African police attack Nigerians, five in hospital

Five Nigerians were hospitalised following a brutal attack by the South African Police Force, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.

According to NAN, Adetola Olubajo, president of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, disclosed this on Thursday.

The development comes a day after some policemen in the country reportedly killed Olamilekan Badmus, a 25-year-old native of Ogun state.

Olubajo said the Nigerians in the hospital lived in the same area where Badmus was killed.

“Some Nigerians were picked up and beaten by the police. We also understand that the witness, a flatmate of Badmus, was arrested and beaten by the police,” he said.

“In all, five Nigerians are hospitalised, because of the beating they allegedly received from the police.

“The union has protested again this act. We condemn this cruel treatment of our people because they did not commit any crime.”

Olubajo, however, urged Nigerians in the area to be calm and remain law abiding.

“Investigation on the killing of Badmus has commenced,” he said.

“A special police unit, the Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID), is handling it. We have met them and on top of the situation.”

Olubajo said the union had reported all incidents to the Nigerian mission in South Africa.