Two Nigerians stabbed to death in South Africa

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Two Nigerians have been stabbed to death in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa on Friday and Saturday respectively in the latest xenophobic attacks in that country

The Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa, Odefa Ikele, confirmed the killings from Johannesburg on Monday, stating that, “the Nigerian community lost two citizens to gruesome murders over the weekend’.

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He added, “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 Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa explained that, “the killing was witnessed by Mr Izochukwu Nwokocha, also known as, Nwa Father,” ,adding that the killing had been reported and a case of murder opened at Booysens Police Station in Johannesburg South.

The union spokesman said that another Nigerian, Goziem Akpenyi, also lost his life in similar circumstance on Friday, stating thus,“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 add 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.

Ikele added that the Nigeria Union in South Africa (NUSA) was concerned over the incessant killings of Nigerians and expressing worry that the perpetrators had not been brought to book.

He was of the opinion that the arrest and prosecution of the culprits by the South African Police would put to a stop the daily killings of Nigerians, stressing, “We call on the Nigerian government to impress on their South African counterpart that the killings have to be investigated and the culprits prosecuted.

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