Within 48 hours, two Nigerians based in South Africa have been killed, the Nigerian community in South Africa has confirmed.
Report has it that the first victim, Ikechukwu Mmanwoke Edmond, 40, was killed by six men who attcked him in front of his home in Amant Street, Malvern, Johannesburg.
The second killing, a source told NAN was Eluka Agu, a native of Ihiala from Anambra. He was allegedly robbed and then beaten by some South Africans at Oliven, Centurion on Monday, November 13.
The source said Ikechukwu Mmanwoke Edmond was a businessman and also a native of Ihembosi, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra.
NAN 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.
“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,” the source said.
According to the source, police said they have commenced “investigation’’ into the death of the businessman.
As a for Eluka Agu, the second victim who was allegedly robbed and then beaten by some South Africans, the police came and took him away to his house for a search.
The source said: “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.
Dabiri-Erewa, while reacting to the gruesome killing of a Nigerian, Tochukwu Nnadi, by police in South Africa which has brought the number of Nigerians massacred in the country to 20 in 2016 alone, had described it as “unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria’’.
“The barbaric behaviour of the perpetrators is not only unacceptable, but also calls for urgent attention by diplomatic authorities in Nigeria and South Africa,” she said, reiterating President Muhammadu Buhari’s call to Nigerians to avoid crimes such as drug peddling which attracts stiff penalties, sometimes death.
Dabiri-Erewa urged the South African government to ensure that justice prevailed by carrying out investigation and bring the culprit to book.