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Nigerians storm South African station over extra judicial killing by police officer

One of the police officers from the Newcastle Police Station was said to have killed the man without provocation.

• June 15, 2021
protest against xenophobia
A photo of the protest against xenophobia used to illustrate the story [Photo credit:ABC News}

Some Nigerians living in South Africa on Tuesday protested the killing of a 30-year-old compatriot, Stanley Igwe, by a South African police officer.

Mr Igwe, who hailed from Amandugba village, Isu Local Government Area of Imo State, was reportedly killed on June 6, 2021, allegedly by a police officer in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa.

Narrating the incident on telephone from Johannesburg, the President-General of Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA), Ben Okoli, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the protest followed the killing of Mr Igwe.

“All hell broke loose at Newcastle Police Station, in KwaZulu-Natal, when a group of Nigerian men stormed the police station demanding justice for their fallen brother.

“The Nigerian men claimed that one of the police officers from the Newcastle Police Station killed a Nigerian man, unprovoked,” Mr Okoli said.

The NICASA leader said that the angry Nigerians then called for explanation from the South African police and demanded justice.
He, however, said that the Nigerian diplomatic mission in South Africa is currently handling the situation to resolve the issue amicably.

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