The Nigeria Union in Pretoria has confirmed that two Nigerians residing in South Africa have been killed this month.
The Secretary of the union, Mr. Adetola Olubajo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Pretoria yesterday that the first victim, one Adeniyi Olumoko, a petty trader, was stabbed to death on October 7.
Olubajo said Olumoko, 37, an indigene of Ogun State, was killed at Marabastard in Pretoria by a South African, who forcefully took the victim’s goods without paying.
He cited witnesses as saying that Olumoko was left bleeding for up to five hours because para-medics could not show up to attend to him.
The secretary said the killing had been reported to the Central Police Station in Pretoria and the Nigerian mission in South Africa.
Olubajo said another Nigerian, Christian Onwukaike, was also shot dead by assailants at Empangeni in the North Coast area of Kwazulu Natal on October16.
He said reports from the union’s chapter in the province indicated that the assailants shot the victim from a moving car.
The scribe explained that Onwukaike, a native of Awgbu in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State, drove himself to the hospital after the shooting and eventually collapsed and died.
“The Nigeria Union is calling on the Nigerian mission to demand results of investigations of all murder cases involving Nigerian victims from the South African authorities,” he pleaded.
Olubajo said the union was not happy that all murder cases involving Nigerians in South Africa have never been resolved.
“We recommend that the consulate officials visit the area immediately in the company of some members of the national and provincial executives of the Nigeria Union to speak with the police and the Nigerian community,” he said.
A source close to the Nigerian consulate in South Africa told NAN that the report of the incidents had been received at the consulate.