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Xenophobia: Another Nigerian Beaten To Death In South Africa


It seems the xenophobia that has been ravaging the southern parts of Africa has refused to die down as yet another Nigerian businessman has been beaten to death by a company’s security guards in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, the Nigerian Union in the country confirmed.

The victim identified as Chinedu Ikejiaku, according to the Secretary of the Limpopo Chapter of the Nigerian Union, Collins Mgbo, was killed by guards of a private security firm at about 8.00 p.m on Tuesday after a little skirmish.

Mgbo, in the statement, said the 35-year-old Ikejiaku, was an indigene of Ogwa, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State and was married with three children.

“One of our members here, Ikejiaku Chinedu, was killed at the outskirts of Polokwane, Limpopo Province of South Africa.

Information available to us showed that guards of the security company chased and arrested him, he was beaten.

The autopsy result we have showed that there were bruises all over his body, showing that he was beaten to death or suffocated.

The case has been reported to the South African police for investigation and the police assured us of thorough investigation to ensure that justice is done.

We have also reported this incident to the national secretariat of our union in Pretoria.”

The President General of the Union, Ikechukwu Anyene, on his part, said it had received report of the incident.

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“We have received report of this sad incident. We call on the South African police to investigate this matter and bring the culprits to book,” he said, adding that 15 Nigerians have so far been killed in South Africa since the beginning of the year.

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