Ben Okoli, president, Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa (NICASA), has raised alarm over the circumstances surrounding the death of Ebuka Udugbo, a Nigerian citizen, allegedly killed by South African police.
Okoli conveyed this message in a letter to the consul general, Nigerian consulate, Johannesburg, South Africa, a copy of which was obtained by NAN in Abuja on Friday.
He explained that Udugbo was arrested by South African police over a quarrel with Linda, his girlfriend, on April 28, and later pronounced dead by the police.
“The information we got initially was that he committed suicide while in the South African Police custody in Cape Town. We conducted our own preliminary investigation over the circumstances surrounding his death,” he said.
“What we discovered was really shocking and disheartening from our findings.
“The late Udugbo had a quarrel with his girlfriend and left the house at about 9 a.m on April 28 to avoid further altercation with his girlfriend.
According to him, the girlfriend called the police and along with the officers they had gone out in search of Udugbo. He was later found by the police while he was driving on the road in town.
He said that Udugbo’s vehicle was stopped, and he was arrested and handcuffed.
“The police took his car keys, left the car by the way and drove with him back to his house in the Police car along with the girlfriend,” he added.
“He was severely beaten by the cops in his house and he fainted. At this point the landlord’s son feared and told the Police to take him to the hospital.
“The police refused, and instead they took him to the Police Station where they claimed that he had allegedly committed suicide.
According to him, past 10am, one of Udugbo’s relatives went to the station and was told that Udugbo had committed suicide.
“We do not accept this police story, we believed that he was killed right in the Police Station and hanged afterwards,” read the letter.
“His case was that of domestic violence, and does not warrant the Police to beat him since he did not in any way resist arrest.”
He said that all circumstances surrounding his death was a clear indication of bias, hate, xenophobia and premeditated action and police high handedness.
“We believed that the late Udugbo was killed and to cover it up the Police hanged him to make it look like suicide,” Okoli said.
“The police cell is not a place for anybody to commit suicide. It is meant to be a place of safety and protection.
“The South African Police service had considered Nigerians as inconsequential and unimportant.
“They tend to always get away with it because they had been allowed to go free in numerous murder cases where they had killed Nigerians.
“NICASA shall protest this unnecessary police brutality, bias, death in police custody, xenophobia and high handedness against our nationals.”
The death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa has continued to rise, with more than 120 lives lost since 2016.
Udugbo’s death comes barely a week after Tony Elochukwu, another Nigerian from Nnobi, Anambra state, was killed by an unidentified gunman in South Africa.
‘The current method of education is faulty’ – Singer, Simi
Nigerian singer, Simi has faulted the current educational system being practiced in the country which she believes has killed off lots of talents.
According to her, lots of talents are dying because the country has made many believe that one can only attain success if he or she follows a certain path.
She tweeted: I fee like the current method of education is faulty. Ppl have different strengths – but we were raised to believe only certain talents or career paths can bring you success. So we see a lot of potential and ideas dying cos they were born to the right ppl in the wrong climate.
While some quarters feel the teachers are to blame for the decaying educational sector, Simi feels the blame shouldn’t fall solely on them. So the problem is not just the incompetent teachers.
It’s sometimes the misplacement of priorities. The inadequacy of the educational system to cater to the diversity of the human kind.
This is coming in the wake of JAMB approving 160 as cut-off mark for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The decision was made at a meeting held in Osun State, Southwest Nigeria
IG live nude: Me and Etinosa planned she will come naked but not to the extent she went – MC Galaxy claims
On March 15th, Actress and popular Instagram comedian, Etinosa made news after she appeared completely naked on singer MC Galaxy’s lG live video. She received a lot of backlash from Nigerians and at a point, came out to apologise and state that she regrets her action.
In a fresh interview with HIP Tv, MC Galaxy says himself and the comedian planned that she would go naked on his IG live but he did not know she would go to the extent that she did.
”I think I need to say the whole truth about this live video thing once and for all. The live video thing we planned it. Me and Etinosa actually planned that stuff but I wasn’t happy the way the whole thing turned pout to be on me alone. We planned it but we did not plan she would ”over naked” like that. She over did it when she came on live video”.
You are a drowning man, stop lying to Nigerians, they are not stupid – Etinosa calls out MC Galaxy over IG live nude video saga
MC Galaxy in a recent interview admitted that the March 15th Instagram nude video saga with actress and popular Instagram comedian, Etinosa was a planned work.
Back then, Etinosa made news after she appeared completely naked on MC Galaxy’s lG live video. She received a lot of backlash from Nigerians and at a point, came out to apologise and state that she regrets her action.
She has now reacted to MC Galaxy’s recent claim that it was pre-planned. Etinosa dragged the heck out of MC Galaxy. calling him a ‘drowning man’ and a ‘loser’.
Stop lying to Nigerians. They are not stupid. This is the last I will say on this hurtful issue. It hurts me a lot and you can tell by the harsh stupid way I cursed an innocent child because his father won’t stop throwing it at my face. However, after that happened I tried talking to a real therapist and it really works- I have made significant progress.i am working really hard to be a better person. I no longer feel rage or pain when fans troll me about it.
I laugh. Moving on process isn’t as easy as it sounds on tv. By 9pm on Africa Magic Urban you would see me again looking all perfect and talking perfect too but it’s not as easy as it looks on tv so no one should make it more complicated by adding lies. You can’t try to win Nigerians by lying to them. An effective damage control should avoid lies(MCG you would know this but you are an illiterate surrounded by illiterates)
I have said my truth. I was caught at an unguarded moment, someone I called my friend recorded me and sent it to blogs. I take full responsibility and am trying to move on. I advice all parties involved including the nude video viewers to move on. Thanks.
See the rest of her reaction below…
World News8 months ago
I laughed when I read the story that I gave Israel ultimatum to return Nnamdi Kanu – Lai Mohammed
Crime2 months ago
Unbelievable! Isolog Pry. School AKUTE Teacher Allegedly Rapes 2 Children… teacher on The Run
Society News7 months ago
EXCLUSIVE: The Complete Story of Dolapo Awosika, John Fashanu and Prophet Kasali Sex Mess
News2 months ago
Umar Mohammed Bago, Man With Passion For Service
News3 months ago
NDLEA Closes In On Sanwoolu’s Aide, Funke Phillips
Crime2 months ago
Alleged Gang-rape: Court Denies Babcock Varsity student Bail
Business News6 months ago
The Story Of How Herbert Wigwe and Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede Took Over Access Bank
News2 months ago
Gov. Yahya Bello Declares For Second Term, Gives Reasons