Protests continue over fatal shooting of George Nkencho as Nigerian government calls death ‘callous and wicked’

Emmanuel Nkencho (centre in red jacket holding a Justice for George sign)
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Protests continued yesterday over the fatal shooting of George Nkencho by gardai after he lunged at officers with a knife.

The 27-year-old was killed outside his home near Clonee, West Dublin, on Wednesday following a standoff.

Gardai had been responding to reports of a man with a knife at a nearby supermarket.

The Nigerian government called the death “callous and wicked” and demanded a full independent public inquiry.

George Nkencho, 27, the man shot by Garda in Dublin

A spokesperson for the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission said: “The circumstances surrounding the killing of a mentally challenged young man has enraged the African community.”

Abike Dabiri-Erewa condemned the killing and appealed to the Nigerian community in Ireland to “exercise patience and await the outcome of investigation into the unfortunate incident”.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), is investigating the shooting.

Protests have been held outside Blanchardstown Garda station since Thursday with some pledging to gather every day for two weeks.

Meanwhile, the African Advocacy Network Ireland described Mr Nkencho’s death as an “execution”.

GSOC has asked for anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

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