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Shooting tragedy Nigerian politicians call for thorough investigation into death of George Nkencho

I call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and the Nigeria High Commission in Ireland not to leave any stone unturned in the investigation"

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George Nkencho was shot dead after brandishing a knife at officers

George Nkencho was shot dead after brandishing a knife at officers

George Nkencho was shot dead after brandishing a knife at officers

The House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs in Nigeria has called for a thorough investigation into the death of 27-year-old Nigerian, George Nkencho, in Dublin.

The committee’s Chairman, Rep Yusuf Buba, issued a statement on Monday in Abuja, condemning the killing.

“I call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and the Nigeria High Commission in Ireland not to leave any stone unturned in the investigation,” he said.

Buba said the “unfortunate incident” occurred on Wednesday, December 30, just before the New Year celebrations

According to Buba Nkencho’s family “insists that the deceased had a history of depression”.

Buba sympathised with the Nigerian community and the family of the deceased, especially the brother of the victim, it was reported in Nigerian media.

Buba, who represents Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency of Adamawa, “enjoined Nigerians in Ireland and, indeed in all countries across the world, to remain peaceful and law- abiding in the New Year”.

“It takes only a generation of Nigerians that choose to live right to change the sad narrative of our country in the global community,” he said.

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Friends of George Nkencho protest outside Blanchardstown Garda station, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Friends of George Nkencho protest outside Blanchardstown Garda station, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Friends of George Nkencho protest outside Blanchardstown Garda station, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Last week SundayWorld.com reported how a Nigerian government agency had called for a "full, thorough and fair investigation" into the fatal shooting of George Nkencho.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) issued a statement calling on its citizens in Ireland to “exercise patience” and await the outcome of a probe into the shooting.

In the statement, a spokesman for NIDCOM chairman Abike Dabiri-Erewa said she was calling for a "full, thorough and fair investigation into the matter”.

“She appealed to the obviously enraged Nigerian community in Ireland to exercise patience and await the outcome of investigation into the unfortunate incident,” the statement reads.

At approximately 12.15pm on Wednesday, December 30, gardaí responded to reports of a public order incident involving what was described a male, in his late twenties, armed with a knife at Hartstown Shopping Centre.

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Demonstrators outside Blanchardstown Garda Station following the fatal shooting

Demonstrators outside Blanchardstown Garda Station following the fatal shooting

Demonstrators outside Blanchardstown Garda Station following the fatal shooting

Gardaí said that during an incident a male staff member received facial injuries.

He later received medical attention in Connolly Memorial Hospital.

Subsequently, a second public order incident was reported at the adjacent Post Office in the Shopping Centre.

Uniformed, unarmed Gardaí responded to the scene and observed the male (George Nkencho) in possession of a knife.

According to gardaí, Mr Nkencho continued to threaten members of the public and unarmed officers with the knife.

Gardai said they then followed the male on foot and in vehicles from the Hartstown Shopping Centre towards Manorfields Drive.

During this period gardaí said they engaged with Mr Nkencho and encouraged him to drop the weapon.

Members of the Armed Support Unit then arrived at a scene in Manorfields Drive.

Gardaí said the Armed Support Unit were also threatened with a knife and implemented a graduated response where the use of less-lethal force options, Taser and OC (pepper) spray, were used in an effort to resolve the incident.

At approximately 12.35pm a member of the Armed Support Unit fired a number of shots from his official weapon, hitting Mr Nkencho.

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