31-year-old Nigerian man dies after allegedly swallowing drugs during arrest in South Africa, two other Nigerian nationals shot dead

January 6, 2022

Three Nigerians nationals have died under different circumstances in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) on Wednesday, January 5, said that a 31-year-old Nigerian man identified as Kingsley Ezeh, died after allegedly swallowing drugs in Johannesburg. 

Spokesperson Grace Langa said Johannesburg metro police officers were patrolling along Selby on Tuesday, when they noticed a red VW Polo parked, with a window opened as the driver was talking to someone outside the car.

“The driver of the Polo was giving the guy something that looked like drugs. The members approached the Polo and the guy next to the window ran away. The Polo also drove off and the police followed the vehicle and stopped it,” Langa said. 

“Police searched the vehicle and drugs were found inside. The driver indicated that the drugs belonged to his brother. The suspect was arrested and put inside the police vehicle to show the police where his brother was. When the brother noticed the police he ran away, took out drugs from his front body and swallowed them. He then collapsed. An ambulance was summoned to the scene and they declared him dead,” she said.

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