The South African Police have again been accused of extra-judicial murder of a young Nigerian man from Imo State, barely hours after his arrest for not having a valid passport.
The body of the victim, simply identified as Frank, was found along a road somewhere in South Africa on Monday, according to a Facebook user Lordskarly Ebubedike, a friend of the deceased. He wrote that Frank was arrested by police yesterday night for not having passport.
Below is the Facebook post by Ebubedike (unedited):
“R.I.P TO U FRANK. A YOUNG MAN FROM OKIGWE IMO STATE NIGERIA , WHO CAME TO HUSTLE IN SOUTH AFRICA AND THE POLICE ARRESTED HIM LAST NIGHT FOR NOT HAVING HIS PASSPORT , WE ALL FIND HIM DEAD BY THE ROAD SIDE.IS THESE THE BEST WAY SA POLICE ??? .WE ARE ALL CREATED FROM THE SAME FLESH INCASE ATLIST ALL AVERAGE NIGERIANS PAID FOR SOUTH AFRICANS FREEDOM DURING THE SCHOOL DAYS. IT WAS CALLED MANDELAS FEE’S.SO IS BETTER THAT YOU SEND THEM HOME THAN KILLING.MAY YOUR GENTLE SOUL REST IN PEACE AMEN.HAVE YOU EVER HEAR THAT A FOREIGNER WAS KILLED BY A POLICE OFFICER OR BY ANY UNIFORM MAN IN NIGERIA BEFORE ???.PLEASE TOGETHER WE CAN MOVE AHEAD $$$$TMT$$$$”
Frank was among millions of Nigerians who were forced into exile due to bad governance at home.