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Nigeria condemns alleged police brutality

The govt in Abuja has described an attack on one of its citizens in Cape Town as ‘merciless’.

FILE: A member of the South African Police Service. Picture: Sapa.

PRETORIA - Nigeria on Thursday reacted to an alleged police attack on one of its citizens in the Cape Town CBD.

The assault by two officers was captured on video a week ago and sparked outrage around the country when it went viral on social media.

The footage shows the man being stripped, assaulted and handcuffed by policemen and security guards.

The Foreign Ministry in Abuja is demanding justice for the man following what it calls a "merciless attack".

Two officers have been arrested following the incident.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) says the officers will be charged with assault.

According to the statement, the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa will continue to monitor the case with keen interest until justice is achieved.

The chairperson of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police described the video as " absolutely disgusting".

This is the latest in a string of alleged police brutality incidents.

Another incident that recently surfaced involved a Swiss student who was forced into the back of a van and told to strip.