Lawmakers Demand Probe of Extra-Judicial Killing of Nigerian in Ireland

Nigerian lawmakers have condemned the killing of a 27-year-old Nigerian, George Nkencho, in Dublin, Ireland, by the police and called for a thorough investigation.

Yusuf Buba, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, while expressing concern with the incident, called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Nigeria High Commission in Ireland not to leave any stone unturned in the investigation of the true circumstances surrounding that most dastardly act by a member of the Irish Police Force.

“The souls of several Nigerian nationals have in many countries of the world been senselessly sacrificed on the altar of sheer hatred and mere fear born out of suspicion of Nigerians abroad. I, therefore, call on the Federal Government to join efforts with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that anyone behind this latest act of recklessness does not go unpunished,” he said.

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Buba disclosed that Nkencho allegedly wielded a knife at a policeman prompting the application of maximum force to murder the young Nigerian.

The parliamentarian said the unfortunate incident occurred on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, just before the new year celebrations.

According to the lawmaker, Nkencho’s family insists that the deceased had a history of depression. Buba sympathised with the Nigerian community and the family of the deceased, particularly the brother of the deceased Nigerian.

He commended the Nigerian community in Ireland, who had since risen in condemnation and protests against the senseless murder of one of their own.

Buba, who represents Gombi/ Hong Federal Constituency of Adamawa, enjoined Nigerians in Ireland and, indeed in all countries across the world, to remain peaceful and law- abiding in the New Year.

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“Continue to appreciate the positive transformation in character, integrity and dignity in labour that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is propagating across the world at the moment.

“It takes only a generation of Nigerians that choose to live right to change the sad narrative of our country in the global community,” he said.

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