Following the death of one, protesters, on Tuesday, took over the notorious Omonia police station, to demand justice after the beating to death of a Nigerian father of two who died in police custody on February 8, 2019. An investigation into the death of a 34-year-old Ebuka at the Omonia police precinct earlier this month has not found any signs of police violence, the Athens police headquarters (GADA) said on Saturday.
The statement was issued in response to media reports suggesting that the 34-year-old Ebuka, who recently became a father for the second time, suffered a beating at the hands of officers prior to his collapse in the waiting room of the Omonia police precinct on February 8 after an officer demanded his data verification.
The results of toxicology tests are still pending, along with a full coroner’s report, the statement said. Representatives of the Nigerian community have suggested that the man’s death was the result of police violence, with the United African Women Organization Greece claiming in a post on Facebook that the 34-year-old was “beaten to death,” “murdered” by Greek police officers.
Protesters gathered outside the Omonia police station on Thursday, demanding answers. A Greek man who witnessed the assault against Ebuka in front of his shop where he sold bracelets, allegedly shouted at the police to stop beating him, but they refused.
The march, organized among others by the Movement Against Racism and the Fascist Threat (KEERFA), started in Propylaea at 6 p.m.
A lot of Nigerians have met their untimely end in foreign countries on both legitimate and illegitimate grounds. Ebuka’s case is just one of the many cases and we hope the culprits are brought to book and justice is served as this might cause a strain in the relationship between the two countries.
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SOURCE: EKATHiMERINI / KEMI FILANI /