Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has hailed the conviction of a South African policeman who killed a Nigerian in the Rainbow nation.
Dabiri-Erewa said this in a statement issued by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, NIDCOM Head of Media and Public Relations Unit, on Saturday.
Austin Luciano Reynolds, a police constable in the South African Police Force, was on Friday declared guilty by Judge Shyam Gyanda of killing Ebuka Emmanuel Okoli, a Nigerian, in the South African city of Durban in January 2018.
According to the NIDCOM Chairman, the judgment is a consequence of the policeman’s actions, adding that she is glad that justice has been done.
”We have always stated that there has to be consequences for actions. We are glad that this case finally came to an end and South Africa has demonstrated the political will to deal with xenophobia,” the statement read.
The veteran broadcaster commended the Nigerian Mission in Johannesburg for following through with the case and other cases involving Nigerians.
She urged Nigerians residing in South Africa to adhere to President Muhammadu Buhari’s advice to be good ambassadors of Nigeria wherever they find themselves.
Also speaking, Godwin Adama, the Consul General of Nigeria in South Africa, expressed delight over the judgment, adding that the second case of eight policemen being tried for the murder of another Nigerian, Ibrahim Badmus, was adjourned until April 2020 for final ruling due to some technical issues.
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