The Nigerian Union in Pretoria says two Nigerians residing in South Africa have been killed.
The Secretary of the union, Mr. Adetola Olubajo, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Pretoria on Tuesday that the first victim, one Adeniyi Olumoko, a petty trader, was stabbed to death on October 7.
Olubajo said that Olumoko, 37, an indigene of Ogun, was killed at Marabastard in Pretoria by a South African, who forcefully took the victim’s goods without paying.
He quoted witnesses as saying that Olumoko was left bleeding for up to five hours because paramedics did not show up to attend to him.
The secretary said that the killing had been reported to the Central Police Station in Pretoria and the Nigerian Mission in South Africa.
Olubajo said that another Nigerian, Christian Onwukaike, was shot dead by assailants at Empangeni in the North Coast area of Kwazulu Natal on October 16.
He said that reports from the union’s chapter in the province indicated that the assailants shot the victim from a moving car.
He explained that Onwukaike, a native of Awgbu in the Orumba North Local Government
Area of Anambra, 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 authority,’’ he said.
Olubajo said that the union was not happy that murder cases involving Nigerians in South Africa don’t get solved.
“We recommend that the consulate officials visit the area immediately in 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 a NAN correspondent that the report of the incidents had been received at the consulate.
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