Nigerians in South Africa on Wednesday October 21, 2020 added their voice to the call for an end to police brutality and human rights abuse in Nigeria. In a well-organised peaceful protest, hundreds of Nigerians mainly from the Pretoria and Johannesburg areas converged on the Nigeria High Commission in Pretoria to hand over a memorandum to the High Commissioner.
Prior to the protest march, the organisers held a meeting with South African security authorities to seek approval and protection.
The meeting involved South African Police Services, South African Metro, Diplomatic Police, and the Emergency response team.
In a widely circulated statement after the meeting, the organisers said:
For the past one week plus, series of peaceful protests have been going on by Nigerians around the world against police brutality, injustice, and human rights abuse against the citizens of Nigeria; as such, it is very important that as Nigerians in South Africa, we also show our concern, prayers, and solidarity with our compatriots.
We made it clear to them, and we are also making it clear to those of you coming to the protest that this is a “PEACEFUL PROTEST & MUST BE VIOLENCE FREE” otherwise we will personally hand over anyone who conducts him/herself in an unruly way to the Police for further action.
We should understand that this peaceful march is not affiliated with any ORGANIZATION, POLITICAL PARTY, OR SECESSIONIST GROUP and as such we will not entertain anyone with such an agenda. No other national flag aside from that of Nigeria will be allowed. We have made arrangements for placards and t-shirts for as many people as we can afford. So do not come with any placards. We have also made arrangements for music, water, and soft drinks for refreshment.
Importantly, we are not receiving monetary donations from anyone, as all our needs have been taken care of by caring and passionate Nigerians who believe in the struggle. However, if you deem it necessary to support, kindly bring in more water, soft drinks, or snacks for people.
NewsPlus was on ground to cover proceedings, and brings you some sights and sounds from the event:
Wale spoke with NewsPlus on his expectations. Listen below:
Collins Ogbebor has been in South Africa for over ten years. He also spoke with