Nigerian Jumps To Death In South Africa To Avoid Arrest
A 36-year-old Nigerian has jumped to death in Johannesburg, South Africa in a bid to avoid arrest by the police.
Christopher Omoike jumped from his 9th floor apartment after police arrived the building following complaints against him by a Nigerian woman with whom he had a baby.
There were conflicting accounts as to the events that led to the invitation of the police to his apartment.
Omoike’s flat mate and his South African girlfriend were, however, quoted as saying that Omoike was trying to avoid arrest following an alleged violent attack on the Nigerian woman.
Nigeria’s Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama visited the scene of the incident on the invitation of the police.
He told journalist he got a message that a Nigerian had committed suicide.
On arrival at the apartment, he was told that in the previous night Omoike had been very worried because he was having some challenges with a Nigerian lady who had a baby for him.
He had seized the lady’s phone but later that night, they met and she was struggling to get back the device.
“He beat her with a bottle or whatever.” On the basis of this, the roommate, Oscar, in his testimony, said he took her to the police station to make a report that she was battered and was bleeding.
Adama said based on the report, police visited the apartment.
He quoted Omoike’s South African girlfriend as having said that Omoike had earlier told her that he would kill himself should the police come.
The Consul General said the police is carrying out an autopsy to establish the cause of Omoike’s death "after which the Independent Police Investigation Directorate will hand over the case to another department for further investigation".
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