The Nigeria community in Durban, South Africa has confirmed the death of a 27-year–old member, Ebuka Okori who was allegedly killed by the police.
Bartholomew Eziagulu, the Chairman of the Nigerian Union chapter in Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Durban that the victim was a native of Umunze in Orumba North Local Government of Anambra.
He said that a witness informed the union that two police officers in mufti forcefully gained access to the victim’s house at Campbell Street in Durban at 2.am on Friday.
According to him, the officers immediately demanded money from Mr. Okori.
“When he refused, he was handcuffed, taken outside and shot dead. The officers took away his cell phone, e-passport and other valuable documents.
“The relative of the victim was tortured and robbed of his belongings while a third victim, a South African, was also robbed,” he said.
Mr. Eziagulu said that the Mr. Okori’s brother escaped from the house and called for help.
“The Metro Police around the vicinity swiftly intervened and picked the vehicle number of the assailants,” he said.
Mr. Eziagulu said that police detectives and another special police team which investigates complaints against their colleagues had been assisting to arrest the culprits.
Adetola Olubajo, the president of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, said that the national secretariat had been informed about the incident.
He said the union was monitoring the situation and had informed the Nigerian Mission and the South African police.