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China Asked to Investigate Death of Nigerian in Police Custody

Nigeria asked China to investigate allegations that police in the southern city of Guangzhou used “high-handed” tactics in arresting a Nigerian citizen who later died in custody, the embassy said today.

Witnesses say Celestine Elebechi, born in 1984, fell into a coma after he was beaten on June 18 as he intervened in a dispute between a Chinese motorcycle driver and another Nigerian, Ademola Oladele, minister for public information at Nigeria’s embassy, said by phone. Once police arrived, Elebechi was taken into custody instead of being hospitalized, he said.