Eight officers of the South African Police Services (SAPS) have been granted bail in the case in which they are believed to have tortured and killed a Nigerian national.
According to reports, the eight officers – six men and two women – South Africa’s Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID) were indicted for their roles in the torture and murder of Badmus Ibrahim. The incident is reported to have occurred on October 10, 2017.
President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA), Adetola Olubajo, reportedly said that the eight accused were released on R3 000 bail each by the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s court.
He further told the media that the accused were granted bail with conditions, mainly that they in no way have any contact with any witnesses in the case. He also reportedly said that his organisation, NUSA, have received a number of complaints from Nigerian nationals of constant harassment and intimidation from police following Ibrahim’s murder.
He reports that a witness in the case was arrested in August by police and has been in detention ever since.
The eight accused police officers received quite a bit of support at the court during the bail application. They have reportedly also received a pledge of legal support from the police union.
Olubajo, meanwhile, has urged the Nigerian community in Vanderbijlpark to remain calm as they believe in the investigation that IPID has carried out thus far and in the South African justice system.
IPID reportedly opposed the bail application.
The case has been adjourned to November 13.