The worrying killings of Nigerians in South Africa has continued to climb with two young Nigerians being the latest victims of xenophobic attacks in the country.
With the latest killings, the number of Nigerians that have lost their lives in the former apartheid enclave since February, 2016 has risen to 118.
This was confirmed by the Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Union in South Africa Mr. Habib Miller who identified the latest victims as Francis Ochuba, a native of Ngodo community in the Umnneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, and Chidi Ibebuike, a native of Uturu in the Isikwuato Local Government Area also in Abia State, TheNation writes.
“Ochuba, a property owner, was shot dead alongside his estate agent, a female South African on May 5. They were shot dead as they visited the tenant occupying Ochuba’s house to collect rent,” Miller said.
“The incident occurred in Central Johannesburg and Ibebuike was shot dead at the entrance to his house at Hazyview in Mpumalanga on May 13.
“Ibebuike’s car was subsequently, snatched by yet-to-be identified gunmen.
“Nigeria Union Chairman in Mpumalanga Province Mr. Amadi and other compatriots have reported the incident to the South African police authorities and investigation is underway.”
The latest killings came on the heels of the murder of ThankGod Okoro, a native of Ogbaku in the Agwu Local Government Area of Enugu State on April 9 and that of Clement Nwaogu, a native of Njikoka in Anambra State on April 22.
Miller noted that a violent group in Rustenburg had earlier given Nigerians notice to vacate the area or get killed.
And since the order was issued, there had been numerous cases of Nigerians being kidnapped with ransom paid to their abductors.
“The incessant looting and killings in the area, prompted 14 Nigerians to protest the injustice and the lack of police protection from the South African Police.
“The 14 Nigerians were arrested and had been detained since January 21 in Rustenburg.
“While South African companies transfer billions of dollars in profit made from doing business in Nigeria, Nigerians in South Africa are sending body bags of murdered breadwinners back home to Nigeria to dejected families,” Miller said.