XENOPHOBIA – TWO NIGERIANS KILLED IN SOUTH AFRICA
By Babajide Labinjo
One Nigerian was each stabbed to death in Johannesburg and Cape Town on Friday and Saturday in the ongoing attacks on Black Africans by South African mobs.
Mr. Odefa Ikele , the Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa, , confirmed the news in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from Johannesburg on Monday.
“The Nigerian community lost two citizens to gruesome murders over the weekend.
“Mr Bonny Iwuoha, 48, from Ihitte/Uboma in Imo state, was stabbed to death at about 11:45 p.m. on April 6, 2019 in Johannesburg South.
“We gathered that his assailants followed him from 152 Hay Street Turffontein, and thereafter, stabbed and killed him in front of his gate at Turf Road, Turffontein.
“The killing was witnessed by Mr Izochukwu Nwokocha, also known as, Nwa Father,” he said.
Mr Ikele added that the killing was reported and a case of murder opened at Booysens Police Station in Johannesburg South.
He confirmed that Goziem Akpenyi, another Nigerian, also died in similar circumstance on Friday.
“Akpenyi was allegedly stabbed to death by three unknown coloured South African men after an argument with the deceased.
“The incident took place at Bellville Stadium parking lot in Cape Town at about 1 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019.
“These latest killings add to four other Nigerians who were shot dead in March. Three of the victims were murdered in Sunnyside, Pretoria and one in Balfour Park, Johannesburg,” he said.
“We call on the Nigerian government to impress on their South African counterpart that the killings have to be investigated and the culprits prosecuted,” he appealed.