Maxwell Ikechukwu Okoye from Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State has been reportedly killed by South African Police.
In a phone conversation with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), the Vice-President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Joshua Ogade Itua, said that Okoye was allegedly tortured to death on Friday in Ladysmith,Kwa-Zulu-Natal Province by the police.
The chairman of Nigerian Union South Africa, ladysmith Chapter told NAN that the police went into the apartment of the deceased and forced their way in.
“While they were with him, he called to alert other Nigerians but before they could get to his apartment the police had made away with his body. Maxwell’s lifeless body was later seen at the mortuary, he said .
Mr Joshua Itua said,”the Station Commander of Ladysmith claimed that he was met foaming at the time they gained entry to his aprtment.”
Itua while sending his condolences to the family of Okoye, called on Nigerian Government to demand full investigation on his death.
Police murder inquest has been opened and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in Kwa-zulu-Natal province have been informed for full investigation
Our condolence to his family and Nigerian Community in Ladysmith. We call on our government to seriously engage its counterparts in South Africa for investigation and prosecution if not a natural death
This is because, according to our leaders who went to the mortuary, there are bruises and blood all over his body so we have every reason to believe that he was tortured to death.
Our stand as foremost Nigerian organisation in South Africa is that all cases involving the killings of Nigerians should be investigated and prosecuted irrespective the nationality and status of the perpetrators, he said.
Maxwell was born on October 5, 1979 and he is survived by two children.
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