The death of a Nigerian migrant has caused a frenzy following a group of individuals who protested outside Omonia police station. The demand for justice for the 34-year-old Ebuka Mamasubek escalated to a riot as Greek policeman beat the Nigerian dad to death.
According to reports, the Nigerian father of two died in the police custody on February 8, 2019. The young man who recently became a father for the second time was brutally beaten by the policeman prior to his collapse in the waiting room of the Omonia police precinct which led to his death. It was learnt that the argument started when the policeman demanded Ebuka’s data verification.
A Greek man who witnessed the assault against Ebuka in front of his shop where he sold bracelets, allegedly shouted at the police to stop beating him, but they refused.
A statement by an organization, United Women from Africa, reads:
“A few days ago a man from Nigeria, from our community, was murdered at Omonoia square in Athens, by the Greek police. We must march on the streets and shout for justice. We must do something now before more lives are lost. This is not the first time something like this happens. We already know of two other people from our community who have been recently murdered by the Greek police. And unfortunately many more have lost their lives through the years and those cases remain unknown. On a daily basis, we are informed of beatings of people of African descent by the police which leaves them on the street to die. These murders are silenced.
Ebuka was the father of two children, one of whom was newly-born. His wife, children and community are now mourning. We stand in solidarity with his family and his loved ones.
The police do not protect us. As the African Community in Greece, we constantly feel that our lives are in danger. We demand justice for Ebuka!”