Groups protest at Chinese embassy over the death of a Nigerian cleric

A group called on the Chinese authorities to investigate the death of a Nigerian cleric, Joseph Nwajueze, in China, called on the Nigeria-China Diaspora Community and Associates.

Speaking at a protest in Abuja on Friday, group president Godwin Ehochi said the protest was organized to inform the Chinese authorities to prevent all types of abuse of Nigerians.

“A Nigerian pastor, Joseph Nwajueze, was murdered in the hands of the Chinese police during expired visa raid, using sophisticated electric gadgets which paralysed his heart and dropped him dead.

“This is indeed one out of the too many deaths of Nigerians in Chinese custody which are not reported.

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“The pastor who lived in China for over 15 years worked tirelessly to extend his visa but the Chinese authorities refused him because he is a Nigerian,” he said.

However, he called on the Chinese authorities to explore those involved in Mr Nwajueze’s murder and punish them.

 “The Chinese authorities should investigate and punish those involved in the cause of the death of pastor Joseph Nwajueze and all other Nigerians that have died under Chinese custody and pay adequate compensations to the bereaved families,” he said

A latest news report stated that Chinese security operatives killed Mr Nwajueze, a cleric born in Anambra.

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He lived in China with his spouse, Chinwe, and four kids before he was murdered in an alleged attempt to escape arrest for alleged violations of visas.

The government of Nigeria condemned the murder and requested a test in the conditions that led to his death.

Nigeria’s Consul-General in Guangzhou, China, Wale Oloko, said a death inquiry had begun by the Chinese police authorities.

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