The death rate of Nigerians in South Africa has continued to be on high, the latest of the casualty is the death of a 28 year-old Nigerian, identified as Victor Ude, died on Wednesday in police holding cells in Cape Town, South Africa.
According to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), the incident was confirmed in a statement on Thursday and said it was investigating the death.
IPID’s spokesperson, Moses Dlamini, disclosed that it was alleged that the deceased had been arrested following a domestic dispute between him and his ex-girlfriend.
According to him, the police told the investigative body that the lady accused Ude of drug dealing and that he grabbed a substance wrapped in plastic and swallowed it.
Upon questioning, it was alleged that the deceased became unruly and swore at the police after which he was arrested for riotous behaviour.
Ude was detained at the police station in the Lwandle area of Cape Town where he was later found hanging by his sweater in the holding cells just after midday.
He was declared dead at the scene.