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JOHANNESBURG, May 1, 2021 -- People protest as the remains of the late South African rugby player Lindani Myeni arrived at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 1, 2021. The death of South African rugby player Lindani Myeni at the hands of U.S. police in Honolulu has aroused shock and anger in his homeland, prompting protests and calls for justice. The 29-year-old sportsman, who was unarmed, was shot dead by police on April 14. His wife Lindsay Myeni had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the police.

Justice Denied for Former South African Athlete Lindani Myeni

The Honolulu police officers responsible for Lindani Myeni's death will not be charged for his murder. A probe into the case has found that their "shooting was justifiable".

An official probe into the fatal police shooting of former South African rugby player and father of two, Lindani Myeni, has been concluded. Myeni, who was unarmed at the time, was gunned down on April 14 after reportedly being mistaken for a burglar. Despite body cam footage that pointed towards the three officers unnecessarily escalating the situation, they have since returned to work. According to the Honolulu Police Department, the officers will not be criminally charged for Myeni's murder as the probe has found their shooting of Myeni ultimately "justifiable".

READ: Still No Clear Answers Around Lindani Myeni's Murder

TimesLIVE reports that during a conference where details of the investigation were shared, prosecutor Steve Alm said that, "The officers who responded to this ended up trying to use multiple non-lethal, non-deadly force methods before they used service firearms."

Myeni's wife, Lindsey Myeni, had initially filed a wrongful death suit against the police shortly after his death. Hence, news of the conclusion drawn by the Honolulu Police Department is all the more disappointing notwithstanding the fact that yet another unarmed Black man has lost his life in America at the hands of the police.

In an emotional post on social media, Lindsey Myeni wrote, "Regardless of these painful trials, everything is going to be OK eventually." She went on to add that, "My worst fear has already come true, there's nothing more anyone can do to my man. He's at peace now and that's still all that matters to me at the end of the day." Myeni's remains were repatriated to South Africa on Freedom Day and were subsequently buried in his hometown of eSikhawini in Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

According to News24, lawyer to Myeni's family, Bridget Morgan-Bickerton, said that the family would be proceeding with their civil case and that Alm's recent conclusions would not affect that. "We continue to move ahead. In the civil case, we will address the central questions that Mr Alm appears to have avoided completely."

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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