Nigerians in South Africa lament killings in xenophobic attacks

Nigerians in South Africa lament killings in xenophobic attacks

The death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa has continued to rise, with another two being the latest victims in ongoing xenophobic attacks on foreigners in that country. The latest victims were stabbed to death during xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg and Cape Town on April 5 and 6, 2019, respectively. The Assistant Public Relations

The death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa has continued to rise, with another two being the latest victims in ongoing xenophobic attacks on foreigners in that country.

The latest victims were stabbed to death during xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg and Cape Town on April 5 and 6, 2019, respectively.

The Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa, Mr. Odefa Ikele, confirmed the killings in a telephone interview with newsmen on Monday.

”The Nigerian community lost two citizens to gruesome murders over the weekend.

“Mr. Bonny Iwuoha, 48, from Ihitte/Uboma in Imo State, was stabbed to death at about 11:45 p.m. on April 6, 2019 in Johannesburg South.

“We gathered that his assailants followed him from 152 Hay Street Turffontein, and thereafter, stabbed and killed him in front of his gate at Turf Road, Turffontein.

“The killing was witnessed by Mr. Izochukwu Nwokocha, also known as, Nwa Father,” he said.

Ikele said the killing had been reported and a case of murder opened at Booysens Police Station in Johannesburg South.

He said that another Nigerian, Goziem Akpenyi, also lost his life in similar circumstances on April 5, 2019.

“Akpenyi was allegedly stabbed to death by three unknown coloured South African men after an argument with the deceased.

“The incident took place at Bellville Stadium parking lot in Cape Town at about 1 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019.

“These latest killings adds to four other Nigerians who were shot dead in March.

“Three of the victims were murdered in Sunnyside, Pretoria; and one in Balfour Park, Johannesburg,” he said.

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