Two more Nigerians murdered in South Africa bringing total death toll since 2016 to 118

TWO more Nigerians have been killed in South Africa this week bringing the total number of those murdered over the last two years to a staggering high of 118 according to the Nigeria Union in South Africa (Nusa)


According to Nusa, two young Nigerians were recently murdered and these latest killings brings the number killed in the former apartheid enclave since February, 2016 to 118. Up to 800,000 Nigerians, mostly young people, reside in South Africa, according to unofficial estimates.


Habib Miller, Nusa's  publicity secretary, identified the latest victims as Francis Ochuba, a native of Ngodo community in the Umnneochi Local Government Area of Abia and Chidi Ibebuike, native of Uturu in the Isikwuato Local Government Area also in Abia State He added that Mr Ochuba, was killed by unknown gunmen in South Africa on May 13


Mr Miller said: “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.


“This 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 and 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.”


He added that the latest killings came on the heels of the cold blooded 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 on April 22. Mr Miller recalled that Mr Okoro was reportedly shot dead by a member of the South African Police Flying Squad at Florida in Johannesburg while Mr Nwaogu was burnt alive by a mob in Rustenburg in the North West Province.


According to Mr Miller, 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 fees 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 but they were arrested and had been detained since January 21 in Rustenburg. The extra-judicial killing of Nigerians in South Africa is however a stark contrast to the general goodwill and protection South Africans and their businesses enjoy in Nigeria.


“There have been no record of looting of South African businesses in Nigeria. 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 bread winners back home to Nigeria to dejected families,” Mr Miller said.