The Nigeria Union in South Africa has confirmed the killing of a member, Kingsley Ikeri, at Vryheid town in Kwazulu Natal Province on August 30.

Ikeri, 27, was a businessman and native of Mbaitolu in Imo.

In December 2016, Metropolitan Police in Cape Town had suffocated to death a man, Victor Nnadi, also from Imo, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Mr Bartholomew Eziagulu, Chairman of the union in the province, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Durban on Friday that Ikeri was allegedly tortured to death by the police.

According to him, the union’s investigations revealed that the police arrested the deceased and a friend on suspicion that they were carrying hard drugs.

He said while interrogating him, the police used plastic to cover his face to extort information from him.

"In the process, they suffocated him. When the police took him to the hospital, he was confirmed dead," he said.

Mr Adetola Olubajo, the Secretary General of the union, said the national secretariat had been informed about the death of the Nigerian.

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The body has also informed appropriate Nigerian authorities and the police in South Africa.

A senior diplomat from the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg has visited Vryheid on a fact-finding mission.

Some members of the union and other Nigerians accompanied the diplomat to the town.

At least 116 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa through extra-judicial means in the last 2 years, according to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Seven in 10 of the killings were carried out by the South African Police.

The presidential aide disclosed this sometime in February when she met with the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Louis Mnguni in Abuja.