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Alleged Nigerian Drug Peddler Dies In Police Custody In South Africa

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By Chris Orteri

A Nigerian has allegedly died while in police custody in Johannesburg, South Africa,. His death led to protests by Nigerian citizens and members of the South African police have protested outside a medical facility on Saturday.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the deceased was a 33 year old Nigerian, engaged in drug peddling. It was learnt that he alleged swallowed his ware when he was chased and captured by the police on West Street in the Kempton Park area of the city.

However, the Chairman of the Nigerian Union in Gauteng, had a different narration of the events. He disputed this, saying that the victim was assaulted to death by the police.

This led hundreds of Nigerians, who gathered outside the hospital, trying to prevent the police from taking out the body from the police vehicle for forensic examination. The forensic experts had to come outside to retrieve the body.

The police officials, who would not speak to the media on the scene, assured the Nigerian Union that the matter had been referred to the Independent Police Investigations Directorate (IPID) and would be looked into in the interest of justice.

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