The President of Nigeria Union, South Africa (NUSA), Mr Adetola Olubajo, has said that the Union protested the alleged beating of five Nigerians, a day after the killing of Mr Olamilekan Badmus, 25-year-old native of Ogun, by Police in South Africa.
Mr Olubajo, made this known on telephone from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Olubajo revealed that the Union received information that the Police in South Africa had brutalised another five Nigerians in the same area where Badmus was killed.
The NUSA president said that information made available to the Union pointed to the fact that the Police did so in an attempt to find the witness to the murder of Badmus.
“In the process, some Nigerians were picked up and beaten by the police,” he said
“We also understand that the witness, a flat mate of Badmus, was arrested and beaten by the Police.
“In all, five Nigerians have been hospitalised, because of the beating they allegedly received from the Police.
“The union has protested against this act. We condemn this cruel treatment of our people, because they did not commit any crime,” the NUSA President added.
Olubajo, however, urged Nigerians in the area to be calm and remain law abiding.
“Investigation on the killing of Badmus has commenced.
“A special Police unit, the Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID), is handling it. We have met them and on top of the situation,” he said.
Olubajo further said that the Union had reported all incidents to the Nigerian Mission in South Africa.