29 January 2013

Nigeria: South Africa to Investigate Killing of Nigerian

The out-going South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Kingsley Mamabolo, Monday assured the Federal Government that the South African government would look into the recent killing of a Nigerian, Mr. Obinna Ugboaja, by security agents in South Africa.

Mamabolo made the promise when the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on the Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, led a delegation on a visit to the South African High Commission in Abuja.

Mamabolo, whose tenure as High Commissioner in Nigeria would expire tomorrow, assured Nigerians that South Africa would not condone injustice in its relationship with other countries particularly Nigeria.

The South African government, Mamabolo said, would look into the case to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the death of the Nigerian.

"This latest case will be properly investigated and there would be no cover up. There is no special law in South Africa for citizens and non-citizens alike. The law is equal for anybody," he said.

He blamed the protest by some Nigerians in South Africa on the matter to lack of adequate information and wrong perception.

According to him, regular interactions between Nigeria and South Africa would minimise the level of distrust and misinformation which usually fuels crisis.

Dabiri-Erewa had in the course of the visit expressed concern over the increasing cases of Nigerians being killed in South Africa.

The lawmaker advised that there was the need to create awareness for the younger South Africans to know the role Nigeria played in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

She however advised Nigerians living abroad to be law abiding in their respective countries of residence and avoid situations that could get them into trouble.

Recall that members of Nigerian community in Western Cape, South Africa staged a protest in Cape Town on January 18, 2013 over the alleged death of a Nigerian in the custody of the police South Africa.

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