The allegation of torture and murder of a Nigerian national by South African police will be investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radabe said on Monday.

The South African Inter-Governmental Committee on Migration (IGCM) has noted allegations by the Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA) that the police tortured a Nigerian national to death, said Radabe, also Chairperson of the IGCM.

This matter “is viewed in series light” by the IGCM, said Radabe.

“Our country has institutions such as the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) that investigates any allegations of crimes committed by the police,” Radabe said.

He called on the NUSA to report this matter urgently to the IPID.

The NUSA has confirmed the killing of its member, Kingsley Ikeri, at Vryheid Town in KwaZulu Natal Province on Aug. 30.

Bartholomew Eziagulu, Chairman of the Union in the province, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Durban on Friday that Ikeri, a 27-year-old businessman, was arrested along with a friend on suspicion that they were carrying hard drugs.

While interrogating Ikeri, the police used plastic to cover his face to extort information from him, said Eziagulu.

“In the process, he suffocated. When the police took him to the hospital, he was confirmed dead,” Eziagulu was quoted as saying.

Ikeri’s killing followed the death of Victor Nnadi, also a Nigerian, in the hands of police during detention in Cape Town in December last year, according to the NUSA. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh