Number Of Nigerians Killed In South Africa Rises To 127

Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama and a South African Official

The News Agency of Nigeria had reported that as of December last year, over 122 Nigerians were killed in South Africa in the last three years.

The killing of four persons in March and April this year, and the death of Ndubuisi-Chukwu brought to five the number of Nigerians killed this year. This brings the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa to 127.

The Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa,Mr Odefa Ikele, had said four Nigerians were killed in March and April this year.

Mr Bonny Iwuoha, 48, from Ihitte/Uboma in Imo State, was stabbed to death at 11:45pm on April 6 in Johnnesburg, while another Nigerian, Goziem Akpenyi, was killed in a similiar circumstance a day ealier.

According to Ikele, two other Nigerians were reportedly killed earlier in the year.

“These latest killings make it four Nigerians who were shot dead in March. Three of the victims were murdered in Sunnyside, Pretoria, and one in Balfour Park, Johannesburg,” he was quoted in an interview in April.

Meanwhile, the South African High Commission has said it was awaiting the outcome of the investigation into Ndubuisi-Chukwu’s death in order to provide the necessary feedback on what exactly transpired.

The High Commissioner, Bobby Moroe, explained that his government was firm against criminality, noting that the law enforcement agencies had gone to great length to bring perpetrators of crime to justice.

He stated, “Our government is very firm in its stance that acts of criminality against foreign nationals shall not be tolerated. The law enforcement agencies of South Africa have thus far gone at great length to ensure that perpetrators of any form of crime and violence against foreign nationals are brought to book.

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“We, therefore, continue to work with the South African Police Services through the Department of International Relations to follow up on what punitive actions are being taken to perpetrators of violence.

“I will get in touch with you once we receive concrete and credible feedback after investigations of the passing of the DDG.”

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