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Nigeria lashes out at SAPS after ‘barbaric’ death of suspected drug dealer

Nigeria is furious following the death of one of its citizens at the hands of the SAPS, but our police claim he died trying to swallow drugs he was looking to sell.

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A senior Nigerian government adviser has called for immediate action following the death of Victor Tochukwu Nnadi, allegedly at the hands of the South African Police service.

Witnesses claim the victim was handcuffed and choked, eventually passing away and Nigeria has labelled the incident a “barbaric” and “extra-judicial” killing.

“The barbaric behaviour of the perpetrators is not only unacceptable, but also calls for urgent attention by diplomatic authorities in Nigeria and South Africa,” Abike Dabiri-Erewa, a senior aide to the Nigerian president said.

“While appealing to Nigerians to avoid crimes, the extra-judicial killing of Nigerians is… unacceptable,” she added.

The SAPS, however, said Nnadi choked on heroin he was trying to sell, but decided to swallow during an attempt to resist arrest. The Nigerian Union in South Africa (Nusa) — who represents some 800 000 Nigerians living in the country — said there was no proof that heroin was the cause of death, but the SAPS said their investigation is ongoing.