Friday 5 January 2024

Police kill 19-year-old Nigerian student in Canada.... NiDCOM chair Dabiri-Erewa mourns, promises justice

The police have killed a 19-year-old Nigerian student, Afolabi Stephen, in Manitoba, Canada.

Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, described the killing as wicked.

She promised to ensure justice for the deceased and his family.

In a condolence message by the commission’s Director of Media, Public Relations and Protocols, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said: “We are in touch with the Nigerian Mission in Ottawa who have the assurances of the Canadian authorities that investigations into the unfortunate incident has begun and will be thorough.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Afolabi and pray unto God to allow his gentle and innocent soul to rest in perfect peace.”

It was learnt that the Canadian police killed Afolabi on December 31, last year.

Though details of his death were still sketchy, the Winnipeg, Manitoba Police Department, in a statement posted on its website via, said its officers responded to a call about a young male who was acting “erratically”.

The police explained that upon arrival, efforts by their officers to calm the young man proved abortive.

This, they said, led to the firing of a firearm that resulted in Afolabi’s death.

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