A Nigerian, Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence was reportedly killed by a gunman on July 6 in South Africa.
The Consul-General of Nigeria in South Africa made this known in a statement by the Vice Consul Information and Culture, David Abraham, on Sunday in Abuja while condemning the dastardly act..
Mr Abraham said the Consul General received with pain the unfortunate news of the assassination of Tochukwu-Lawrence by a yet to be identified assailant.
He said the ugly incident was said to have occurred at 10 Koppe, Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa, on July 6.
“An eye witness account has it that an unknown man made a way into the compound of Mr Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence and requested to see him.
“’On being told about his guest, he came out to meet him, and the man opened fire on him and shot him six times, resulting in his death before he could reach the hospital.
“The reason behind the sad incident is yet to be established, but this is very unfortunate and condemnable,” he said.
He said that the consulate commiserated with the deceased’s family and indeed, the entire Nigerian community in South Africa.
The Consulate, he said, was also calling on the South African relevant authorities to unravel the mystery behind this dastardly act.
“Efforts should be made by the police and other relevant agencies to apprehend the assailant and bring him to justice.
“We also call on our nationals to cooperate with the police and judicial officers in their investigation and prosecution.
“The Nigerian Consulate will continue to advance the welfare and security of Nigerians in South Africa.
“We also call on our citizens to remain calm and eschew violence, as we seek to obtain justice for the deceased and members of his family,” he said.
Thus far,the record has it that no fewer than 117 Nigerians were extra-judicially killed in South Africa between 2016 and 2018 for one flimsy reason or the other.
Meanwhile,the South African authority is seen as not showing much commitment to stopping these wanton killings as various efforts made by the Nigeria government has not yielded positive result.