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Two Nigerians killed in South Africa

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The growing killing of Nigerians in South Africa continues unabated as two youths were shot dead in the last eight (8) days according to reports.

The reports had it that 118 Nigerians have fallen victims to these killings since 2016 in a country with estimated 800,000 Nigerian migrants.

In a telephone interview monitored in Nigeria from Pretoria,South Africa by an online medium, the publicity secretary of Nigeria Union in South Africa,Mr Miller, said that two young Nigerians were killed and gave their identity as Francis Ochuba, a native of Ngodo community in the Umnneochi Local Government Area of Abia.

He named the other victim as Chidi Ibebuike, a native of Uturu in the Isikwuato Local Government Area also in Abia.

“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.

“The incident occurred in Central Johannesburg, while 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.

“The chairman of the Nigeria Union in Mpumalanga Province, Mr Amadi in company of other compatriots, have reported the incident to the South African police authorities and investigation is underway.”

The spokesman said that a violent group in Rustenburg had earlier given Nigerians notice to vacate the area or get killed.

He said that 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 attested and had been detained since January 21 in Rustenburg.

Mr Miller expressed surprise that the South Africans have refused to return the goodwill of Nigerians who allow their businesses thrieve in the country and still repatriate huge profits back home without molestation.

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