“The union is not happy with the latest murder of ThankGod Okoro on April 9 by a member of the South African Police Flying Squad at Hamburg, Florida West Rand in Johannesburg. The officer, who shot Okoro claimed that the young man attempted to stab him during a stop-and-search operation’, he said.
Penpushing, however, further learnt that the Acting President of the Nigeria Union, Joshua Ogade, and the head of the union’s legal team, Omoreige Ogboro, had visited the area Okoro was killed to gather information on the incident.
“Our team has gone to the Florida Police Station to ensure that due process is followed in an attempt to seek justice on the killing. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate has been notified of the killing of Mr Okoro,”, adding that the police in Florida State had commenced investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the killing of the Nigerian.
The spokesman said, however, that the union learnt from investigators that the trigger-happy police officer had boasted few weeks before the incident that he would kill Okoro,while the union pleaded with the South African authorities to wade into the matter to discourage wanton killing of Nigerians by policemen in the former apartheid enclave.
“Anyone suspected or found on the wrong side of the law should be arrested and tried at the appropriate court rather than killing Nigerians extra-judiciously,” he said