Ibrahim Badmus, a 25-year-old Nigerian has been killed during a police raid in Vaal Vreneging, a town close to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Confirming the incident to newsmen, Godwin Adama, Nigeria`s Consul General in South Africa, said Badmus, who hails from Lagos State, was allegedly killed by operatives of the South African Police
“Information at our disposal said that the deceased was killed by a South African police officer,” Badmus told NAN.
“I led a delegation from the mission to visit the scene on receipt of the information. When we arrived the scene, the place was tensed up because Nigerians there were not happy.
“We immediately met with the Station Commander in the area with some selected Nigerians. The police assured that a thorough investigation would be carried out.
“The investigation will be done by the Independent Police Investigating Department.”
An eyewitness told a correspondent of Channels Television that Badmus was his tenant and that the police accused him of being a drug dealer.
“I found Omo (Badmus), 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.”
Last week, Jelili Omoyele, a 35-year-old Nigerian, was shot dead in Johannesburg over an alleged 300 Rand parking lot debt.
Over the years many Nigerians have been killed in South Africa, most of them accused of dealing in drugs.
Nigerians have accused the federal government of not doing enough to protect citizens living in foreign countries.