IPOB has demanded that the death of Tochukwu Victor Nnadi in South Africa be probed.
A week ago, a Nigerian was reportedly killed in South Africa over drug claims.
The report says that the deceased was arrested for alleged illegal drug dealings; and then choked to death by police on Thursday, December 29th.
The Southern African police has denied that he was choked to death. Instead, they stated that the deceased died after swallowing a dose of heroin that he was trying to sell.
On the other hand, eye witnesses give their own side of the story. They said Nnadi was arrested and handcuffed without any resistance. One said that at a point, one of the police officers tightly held his throat. After that the Nigerian started coughing out blood.
This will be the second publicized and a most similar incident to the death of a Nigerian, identified as Timothy Chinedu, who was suffocated to death by the South African police on January 23, 2016.
The Nigerian government has reacted to the death of Tochukwu Victor Nnadi; calling on SA government to take diplomatic action on the “barbaric” and “extra-judicial” killing.
Likewise the IPOB has registered their dismay over the incident.
“According to eye witness statements and of onlookers, observers and some IPOB members present during the confrontation that led to the arrest and instant death of Nnadi, it was unanimously agreed among them that no other explanation can be given other than, that the young man was brutally killed by some sadistic members of the South African police after he was arrested and handcuffed for suspicion over dealing in drugs.”
“Furthermore, the death of Nnadi should serve as a timely reminder to all sons and daughters of Biafra that no place, not Nigeria and not even South Africa, can ever be compared to an independent Republic of Biafra.”