‘HE WAS HANDCUFFED AND THEN SUFFOCATED’

‘HE WAS HANDCUFFED AND THEN SUFFOCATED’

THE dead cannot speak to identify their killers.

But the truth is often discovered after a post mortem.

And according to sources, pathologists believe Nigerian Ibrahim Badmus died at the hands of the men in blue.

When the 25-year-old died in Vanderbijlpark, the Vaal, last month, the cops were accused of killing him in his house.

But police said the man was dead when they got there and might have overdosed on drugs.

And now sources close to the investigation have told Daily Sun the post mortem performed on his body showed he was indeed handcuffed – and suffocated.

“It’s not true that he died of an overdose. These officers are lying to cover up their mess,” said the source.

“They made up a story that they went to his house to raid it after a man led them there.

“What’s sad is that these cops frequented the house for lunch money and on the day of the incident, the dead man was not feeling generous. He was killed and someone must face the music.”

After Ibrahim died on the 11th of last month, all hell broke loose in Vanderbijlpark. Relatives and fellow Nigerians gathered and attacked the cops.

They then put his body on top of a police van and said the cops should bury him or eat him.

Witnesses who spoke to the SunTeam at the scene said the cops stormed into the house, woke everyone up and started searching for drugs but didn’t find anything.

One witness claimed to have seen four cops covering Ibrahim’s head with a plastic bag, suffocating him.

A man who was living in the yard said he went into the main house after hearing dogs barking.

“They had plastic over his head. I asked them to stop but they told me to leave and said he must tell them the truth,” he claimed.

The witness said he went back to the house after the cops had left and found Ibrahim dead.

Ibrahim’s relatives told the People’s Paper they had no doubt that cops suffocated him while interrogating him.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesman Moses Dlamini confirmed that investigations into the incident were ongoing.

“I can confirm that Ipid is investigating a death as a result of police action. A case of attempted murder was lodged against police officers involved in this matter,” he said.

“The post mortem has been done but we are not in a position to release the results as the investigation is still under
way.

“I cannot comment further at this stage.”

The Nigerian Consul General, Godwin Adama, told Daily Sun yesterday they were in touch with the Ipid.

“We are working closely with them and have faith they won’t disappoint us. At the moment we don’t want to say much as it could jeopardise the investigation,” said Adama.

In a video shot by witnesses on the day of the incident, Ibrahim’s relatives can be seen screaming at cops who look nervous and try to cover each other.

In the video, family members and friends of the dead man weep next to his body as it lies on tope of the police van.

Sifiso Jimta / DailySUN

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