Eight foreign nationals charged with attacking police station – NPA

Accused demanded that their countryman not be apprehended by the police and mayhem broke out

Eight foreign nationals charged with attacking police station and police officers

23 April 2024

Eight Nigerian Nationals have appeared in the Kimberley District Court on charges of malicious injury to property, assault as well as public violence. The eight accused, Onogu Nwaemeka, Kelecho Oken, Ebot Kennedy, Chijioke Steven, Charles Aknaji, Umemba Sophuru, Amajoyi Tochukwu, and Charles Okerie Onyedikashi were arrested after they attacked the Kimberley Police Station as well as the Members of the South African Police Service.

It is alleged that on the day of the incident, the police had arrested their countryman for possession of illegal drugs, and they demanded that he not be apprehended by the police. Mayhem broke out as the police tried to contain the situation and the accused started to attack the police. Additional tactical police reinforcements were called and the eight accused were arrested. The matter has been postponed to 26 April 2024 for further investigations. Accused are remanded in custody until their next court appearance.

Issued by Mojalefa Senokoatsane, NPA Regional Spokesperson, Northern Cape Division, 23 April 2024