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    SA Warders accused in death of Nigerian prisoner


    Chief Charles O. Okereke, Nigeria/Africa Masterweb

    (Friday, June 11, 2004)

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    "Belinda Graham from the Correctional Services Area commissioner's office speaking to news reporters said the mayhem at Westville prison would be thoroughly investigated, and culprits dealt with accordingly."


    Nigerian Youth Association of South Africa accused Durban Westville prison warders of assisting South African inmates at the prison in obtaining weapons for attack on Nigerian prisoners. Gabriel Okwara, the association chairman, at a press conference said last week a Nigerian inmate at Westville was murdered in cold blood and four others seriously wounded. He attributed this largely to media reports that the late pop diva, Brenda Fassie, died after using poisoned drugs she bought from a Nigerian dealer.

    Benjamin Ekene Igbokwe was stabbed several times and killed by South African prisoners using knives from prison warders, according to Okwara's account of the incident. Okwara promised justice for the prisoners responsible for the murder and mob action in the prison facility. He alleges that there were at least two warders involved in the killing of Igbokwe. He also promised appropriate action against the media groups responsible for the tainted press that Nigerians were the drug dealers responsible for the death of Brenda Fassie.

    Okwara called any notion that all Nigerians in South Africa were involved in crime as a stereotype. He said there were many professional Nigerians in South Africa who came there in search of greener pastures. Belinda Graham from the Correctional Services Area commissioner's office speaking to news reporters said the mayhem at Westville prison would be thoroughly investigated, and culprits dealt with accordingly.




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