Abuja : Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has demanded for full autopsy and investigation from Kenya Government into the killing of a Nigerian, Mr. Bamiyo Ashade, allegedly killed by the Kenyan police.
In a statement by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Media Aide to Hon. Dabiri-Erewa stated that the reported killing was contained in the briefing by the Nigerian Ambassador in Kenya, Amb. Sheidu Momoh, who met with Nigerians in Kenya and pleaded with them to remain calm.
According to the Ambassador, the Nigerian High Commission is on top of the situation and had met with the aggrieved Nigerians for four hours with a formal complaint to the Kenyan Foreign Affairs demanding full autopsy.
The Envoy, however, noted that contrary to the believe, the late Bamiyo Ashade, also known as Bamo, was not a student in Kenya but a Nigerian living in Kenya and had met with the family of the bereaved to commiserate with them with an assurance that justice will prevail.
The deceased, Bamiyo Ashade, the second born in a family of three, was brutalised at his house in Four ways estate, kiambu on Monday Oct. 15, while the police officers allegedly tried to extort him despite finding out he had valid papers.
However, he stood his ground, as he didn’t commit any crime. The officers then resorted to harassment and assault. Seeing that he was nearing his death, he was quickly rushed to a hospital, where he died.
Friends and relatives have taken to the social media to condemn the police brutality directed towards Nigerians in the Diaspora and joined in calling for justice for Bamo.
A family friend to the Ashades in Ibadan, Nigeria, Alhaji Sulaiman Adio lamented that the family had lost two of their three siblings within six months, as Bamiyo’s elder brother died six months ago and thus, joined in the call for justice for the deceased.
“In view of the foregoing, we appeal to the Kenya Government to conduct thorough investigation into the gruesome killing of this young Nigerian and bring the perpetrator to justice accordingly’’, Dabiri-Erewa said.
Dabiri-Erewa also condoled with the family of the deceased and prayed unto God to comfort the family in the best way.
The Presidential aide also said that full investigation has commenced into the circumstances of a Nigerian man who died after he fell from the 8th floor of his apartment due to the fear of being arrested by some officials of the Kenyan law enforcement agency in Nairobi.
The sad incident happened on Sept. 26, and the deceased was laid to rest, on Monday Oct. 15, at the Langata cemetery, Kenya.