Eight police officers indicted in the murder of a Nigerian youth over claims of drug dealing were on Friday dragged to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria by the country’s police watchdog.
They jointly tortured and suffocated 25-year-old Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus to death, according to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate which arrested them – two women and six men – in October of 2017.
The officers alleged the victim was selling drugs in the Vanderbijlpark area, that when they went to conduct a search operation, they found him unresponsive from a drug overdose.
But a witness has since come forward to disproved their narrative. Prosecution witness Chukwuemeka Nelson Ozor who was in the house on the day of the incident told the trial 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.
Speaking to Channels Television in Johannesburg, the Chairperson of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa says she’s happy with the progress being made with the case and hopes justice will be done
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