Eight South African Police Officers On Trial Over Killing Of Nigerian

Eight South African Police Officers On Trial Over Killing Of Nigerian
November 22 14:21 2019 Print This Article

 

The trial of eight South African police officers charged with the torture and murder of Nigerian National, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, 25-years old who was accused of selling drugs in the vanderbijlpark area is underway at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria South Africa.

The eight police officers – two women and six men – were arrested in October 2017 by police watchdog.

The court has heard that on a fateful day – October 10 2017- police officers pounced on the community where the deceased used to stay following a tip-off about drugs being sold in the house.

In their affidavits, the eight cops claim that while conducting their operation they found Badmus unresponsive from a drug overdose.

This version of events was disputed by state witness Chukwuemeka Nelson Ozor who was in the house on the day of the incident.

Ozor took to the stand and told Judge Mokhine Mosopa that the police broke into the house, started searching and questioning everyone, then moved to search Badmus’s room and beat him up.

Ozor added that one of the police officials then fetched a plastic bag that was then wrapped around the deceased’s head, suffocating him to death.

A paramedic that attended to the scene John Gous told the court that when medical officials arrived, the 25-year-old was unresponsive and sweaty with no pulse but there were no signs of physical injuries.

He was declared dead on the scene.

The trial continues on Friday at the Pretoria High Court with an investigating officer and a medical doctor expected to take to the stand.

 

Source: channelstv

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