– Two Nigerians have reportedly been killed in South Africa within 48 hours
– The first victim, a 40- year-old Ikechukwu Mmanwoke Edmond was killed on Sunday, November 11
– The second victim, Eluka Agu was allegedly robbed and then he was beaten to death on Monday, November 13
Grief-stricken Nigerian community in South Africa has confirmed the vicious killing of two of their members within 48 hours barely a month after President Jacob Zuma was honoured by the Imo state government.
A dependable source close to the Nigerian community told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Johannesburg on Tuesday, November 14, that the first victim, Ikechukwu Mmanwoke Edmond, 40, was killed on Nov. 11.
The source said the deceased, a businessman and native of Ihembosi, Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra, was killed in front of his house on Amant Street, Malvern, Johannesburg.
It quoted an eyewitness and neighbour of Ikechukwu, Sibongile as saying that six men came to their house and started breaking doors and taking out their personal effects.
The source told NAN: ”When she (Sibongile ) raised alarm, they started beating her. When Ikechukwu came in and saw what was happening, he brought out his phone to call the police.
”A member of the gang took a brick and hit him in the face and he fell down. When the police arrived, he was already dead.”
According to the source, police said they have commenced “investigation’’ into the death of the businessman.
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The second victim, Eluka Agu, native of Ihiala also from Anambra, was allegedly robbed and then beaten by some South Africans at Oliven, Centurion on Monday, November 13.
According to him, “The victim pleaded with the police to take him to the hospital for treatment but they refused. After searching his house without finding anything, he died as a result of the severe beating’’.
As usual, the Nigerian community in the area which expressed worry about the incidents, had vowed to take up the matter with “appropriate authorities’’, the source added.
Meanwhile, Governor Okorocha came under severe criticism for erecting a statue in honour of President Zuma of South Africa in Owerri, Imo state.
The governor unveiled the statue in the presence of the president and other dignitaries in a ceremony.
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