Barely a week after a 35-year-old Nigerian businessman, Ikejiaku Chinedu was killed in the Limpopo province in South Africa by operatives of a private security firm, tragedy has struck again as two more Nigerians have been killed in the Guateng Province, Johannesburg.
According to the President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Ikechukwu Anyene, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Port Harcourt in a telephone interview from Pretoria he said the two men were killed on Friday, July 29, at different areas of Johannesburg.
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, while 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.
According to Anyene, eyewitnesses that Michael’s assailant first demanded money, which was not given and later attempted to forcefully remove his phone. He said 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 are not happy with 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.”