NGO, wife of slain Nigerian in UK, seek reparative justice
Against the backdrop of the worldwide protest tagged #Blacklivesmatter# aimed at fighting for justice for slain African American, George Floyd in the United States, a Non-Governmental Organisation, LoveAfricans Organisation, has decided to revisit the case of Mr. Frank Obameriata Ogboru, a Nigerian national from the Niger Delta. The fresh campaign is hashtagged #justiceforogboru#.
The organisation recently petitioned, on behalf of the wife and family, the Southwark Coroner’s Court for a copy of the inquisition/record of inquest, seeking justice for Ogboru.
Frank Ogboru, 43, a Nigerian businessman, who was in London on holiday in September 2006, was sprayed with CS gas and pinned down after a minor row. CCTV footage captured him losing consciousness after screaming, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,” and was declared dead at the hospital.
Witnesses said officers had their “knees and feet” on him as he “wailed like a dog.” The CCTV footage continued to show four officers were physically on top of Frank, with another looking on. Crucially, one officer placed a knee on the man’s neck for a prolonged period and despite Frank no longer struggling, none of the officers seemed to notice he was not responding.
Mr Ogboru’s widow, Christy reportedly said in an interview, “I’m crushed. I put my faith in the British system to give me justice but it has failed me. Frank was not a criminal. He did not deserve to die in the street like an animal.”We have received massive support and cooperation from some foreign countries’ ambassadors in the UK in the fight against racism and discrimination of Africans in China and other countries,” Dr. Martin’s Abhulimhen, president, LoveAfricans Organisation UK, said in a statement released during the week.
He assured that the organisation will pursue late Ogboru’s case, legally, “till we get justice for the young family he left behind as well as restore hope in the hearts of Africans worldwide.”
Abhulimhen, in pursuit of the issue, paid a visit to Hassan Omar Attar, Chairman Rolex Saudi Arabia, and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland Jeddah Saudi Arabia, in London.
Attar expressed his love for Africans even as he praised the work that the organisation was doing especially in the fight against discrimination of Africans by the Chinese government among others.
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