The Nigeria Union in South Africa has confirmed the killing of a Nigerian businessman, Kingsley Ikeri, at Vryheid town in Kwazulu Natal Province on August 30, 2017.
Ikeri, 27, a native of Mbaitolu in Imo State, was said to have been killed from suffocation.
It would be recalled, Metropolitan Police in Cape Town had in December 2016 suffocated to death a man, Victor Nnadi, also from Imo.
While speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Durban on Friday, Mr Bartholomew Eziagulu, Chairman of the union in the province, said that Ikeri was allegedly tortured to death by the police.
Eziagulu said the union’s investigations revealed that the police arrested the deceased and a friend on suspicion that they were carrying hard drugs.
He said while interrogating him, the police used plastic to cover his face to extort information from him.
“In the process, they suffocated the deceased suffocated. When the police took him to the hospital, he was confirmed dead,” he said.
Also, Mr Adetola Olubajo, the Secretary General of the union, said the national secretariat had been informed about the death of the Nigerian.
He said the body had informed appropriate Nigerian authorities and the police in South Africa.