31 July 2016
Mr. Ikechukwu Anyene, President, Nigeria Union in South Africa, has confirmed that two Nigerians have been killed in Gauteng Province in Johannesburg.
Anyene said on Sunday in a telephone interview from Pretoria that the two men were killed on Friday, July 29, in different areas of Johannesburg.
He said that the first victim, Gideon Ogalaonye, an indigene of Onitsha, Anambra, was allegedly shot dead at 7 p.m. while on a visit to the residence of his daughters.
He said that the second victim, Nnamdi Michael, an indigene of Enugu State, was allegedly stabbed to death by a Zimbabwean national at Yeoville at 8 p.m. on the same day.
Anyene said eyewitnesses said the assailant first demanded for money from Michael, which was not given and later attempted to forcibly remove his phone.
He said that the assailant stabbed the victim, adding that Nigerians at the scene pursued and arrested him.
Anyene said: “The Zimbabwean has been handed over to the police and we will follow the case.
“The two incidents have been reported to the Nigerian mission in South Africa and the South African police.
“The Nigerian community in South Africa is not happy about the killings.
“We urge the Federal Government to persuade its South African counterpart to investigate and prosecute incidents of killings of Nigerians in that country.
“We are getting worried about these incessant killings and we want the culprits prosecuted.’’
Another 35-year-old Nigerian businessman, Ikejiaku Chinedu, was killed on July 26 at Mokopane town, Limpopo Province, by operatives of a private security firm.