Nigerian Man Dies in Police Custody In South African


A Nigerian barber by the name, Nonso Odo has died in police custody in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Odo from Amangwu-Nkwerre, Imo State was arrested after an argument with some other Nigerian at a business center.

He was involved in the altercation when the police arrived and arrested him on the spot. Narrating his account, Emeka Ezinteje, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Union in South Africa had this to say

“After the quarrel, a fellow Nigerian stopped a police patrol team and the barber ran when he saw the patrol team. The police patrol then went after Odo and 30 minutes later, they brought back the lifeless body of the barber. Not satisfied with the police report, some members of the union went to see the corpse in hospital and a Sergeant Nengobeni, a South African police officer at the hospital, denied that the police killed him.”

According to Sergeant Nengobeni, the police were flagged down by somebody while the victim began to run. He added that by the time the police got to the victim, he was tired and gasping for breath and was pronounced dead on getting to the hospital.

Mr Ezinteje has indicated suspected foul play adding “We have received reports by eyewitnesses that Odo was beaten to death. We have ordered a post mortem to ascertain the cause of Odo’s death and the union will also take this case to the Independent Police Investigative Department, for more investigation”


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