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IPID: Nigerian national dies in Joburg after swallowing drugs

IPID says the man was running away from from police when he took out the drugs from his front body and swallowed them

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drug free five-year programme launched to clean SA. Image: Flickr

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) says a 31-year-old Nigerian man has died after swallowing drugs in an attempt to hide them from police.

According to IPID spokesperson Grace Langa, members of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) were patrolling along Selby on Tuesday, 4 January 2022, when they noticed a suspicious interaction between two people – the driver of a parked red VW Polo had his window open, talking to someone else outside the vehicle.

“The driver of the Polo was giving the guy something that looked like drugs. The members approached the Polo and the guy next to the window ran away. The Polo also drove off and the police followed the vehicle and stopped it,” Langa said.

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IPID says when police searched the car, they found drugs inside. The driver then told them that the drugs actually belonged to his brother.

“The suspect was arrested and put inside the police vehicle to show the police where his brother was. When the brother noticed the police he ran away, took out drugs from his front body and swallowed them. He then collapsed”

IPID spokesperson Grace Langa

IPID, which is still probing the matter, says an ambulance was called to the scene. The man was then declared dead.

In a seperate incident, another Nigerian man was killed during a shootout with police in Kempton Park. IPID says a police captain had witnessed a shooting incident in Central Avenue.

“He further alleged that he saw four suspects carrying guns running towards a white BMW 1 series get into the vehicle and drove away. That is when he took out his service pistol 9mm Z88 and fired 3 rounds towards the BMW,” Langa said of the officer.

He tried chasing the vehicle, but couldn’t keep up and went back to the person who was shot.