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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

@Sadnews Africa: Two Nigerians shot dead in South Africa

Two Nigerians shot dead in South Africa
A renewed xenophobic attack in South Africa has led to the killing of two young Nigerians residing in the country after the duo went to request for the house rent of one of the deceased.
The Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, Mr Habib Miller, told NAN in a telephone interview that two additional Nigerians were killed in South Africa in the past eight days.
This killing now pegs the number of Nigerians killed in SA since February, 2016 to 118.
Miller, who spoke from Pretoria, SA, identified the victims of the unfortunate incident as Francis Ochuba, a native of Ngodo community in the Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia, while the other is Chidi Ibebuike, native of Uturu in the Isikwuato Local Government Area also in Abia.
According to him, “Ochuba, a property owner, was shot dead alongside his estate agent, a female South African on May 5. They were shot dead as they visited the tenant occupying Ochuba’s house to collect rent.
“The incident occurred in Central Johannesburg, while Ibebuike was shot dead at the entrance to his house at Hazyview in Mpumalanga on May 13.
“Ibebuike’s car was subsequently, snatched by yet to be identified gunmen.
“The chairman of the Nigeria Union in Mpumalanga Province, Mr Amadi in company of other compatriots, have reported the incident to the South African police authorities and investigation is underway.” He said.
Miller said that a violent group in Rustenburg had earlier given Nigerians notice to vacate the area or get killed, noting that since the order was issued, there had been numerous cases of Nigerians being kidnapped with ransom paid to their abductors.
“The incessant looting and killings in the area, prompted 14 Nigerians to protest the injustice and the lack of police protection from the South African Police.
“The 14 Nigerians were attested and had been detained since Jan. 21 in Rustenburg.
“The extra-judicial killing of Nigerians in South Africa is however, a stark contrast to the general goodwill and protection South Africans and their businesses enjoy in Nigeria.
“There have been no record of looting of South African businesses in Nigeria.
“While South African companies transfer billions of dollars in profit made from doing business in Nigeria, Nigerians in South Africa are sending body bags of murdered bread winners back home to Nigeria to dejected families,” Miller said.

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