Nigerian burnt alive in South African by mob

In a latest Xenophobic attack,the Nigerian Community in South Africa has announced the killing of Clement Nwaogu, who was burnt alive by a mob in the country.

The deceased according to information made available by the Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, Habib Miller,through telephone and from his base in Pretoria on Monday reveals that he was attacked and killed by a mob in Rustenburg,North West Province.

The late Nwaogu is a native of Njikoka in Anambra and an upholsterer in South Africa.

Mr Miller said the victim said to be married to a South African and with two kids of 5 and 3 years of age was murdered in cold blood over his accent and habit, which the mobsters supposedly found offensive.

“The mob descended on him like a common criminal with all sorts of dangerous weapons in the presence of South African police officers.

“Eyewitnesses say the victim beckoned for help from the police to intervene and help him, but they turned a blind eye.

“When Nwaogu could no longer persevere, he ran for safety; the mob chased and caught him, poured petrol on him and set him ablaze,” he said.

Mr Miller said the mob then left Mr Nwaogu when they thought he had died but some passers-by called emergency personnel who took the charred body to the Job Shimankane hospital,Rustenburg where he was confirmed dead.

Meanwhile, 14 Nigerians, who protested the killing of a fellow citizen in that country’s North West Province in February are still in detention according to the Publicity secretary where as the Police officer alleged to have killed a Nigerian in cold blood igniting the protest were said to have been long released on bail.

Miller said“Our legal team is doing everything possible to facilitate the release of the protesters.

“We are worried that nothing has been done by the Nigerian government to stop the killings.

“We once again call on the Nigerian mission in South Africa to do the needful urgently because things are getting out of hand.

“The union with its legal desk will follow up the matter with the appropriate institutions until justice prevails,” he concluded.

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