The Nigerian Union of People Living in South Africa (NUPLSA) Pretoria branch, has announced deaths of two Nigerians, which it referred to as incidents with a worrisome recurrence rate.
The union’s Secretary, Adetola Olubajo, confirmed the news in Pretoria on Tuesday, where he identified first victim as a certain, Adeniyi Olumoko, a petty trader, who was stabbed to death on October 7.
Olubajo said that Olumoko, 37, an indigene of Ogun, was reportedly murdered at Marabastard in Pretoria by a South African, who forcefully collected goods from the victim without without paying.
He quoted witnesses as saying that Olumoko was left bleeding profusely for about five hours due to a prolonged delay in arrival of medical personnel who did not show up to attend to him.
The secretary said that the killing had been reported to Central Police Station in Pretoria and Nigerian Mission in South Africa.
Another Nigerian, Christian Onwukaike, was reportedly shot dead by assailants at Empangeni in North Coast area of Kwazulu Natal on October 16.
He said that reports from the union’s chapter in the province revealed that the assailants shot the victim from a moving car.
He explained that Onwukaike, the deceased, who hailed from Awgbu in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State, was shot before he drove himself to a hospital where he eventually slumped and died.
“The Nigeria Union is calling on the Nigerian Mission to demand results of investigations of all murder cases involving Nigerian victims from the South African authority,’’ he said.
Olubajo said that the union was displeased that issue of murder cases involving Nigerians in South Africa does not get proper attention and eventually become unresolved.
“We recommend that the consulate officials visit the area immediately in company of some members of the national and provincial executives of the Nigeria Union to speak with the police and the Nigerian community,” he said.
A source close to Nigerian Consulate in South Africa, disclosed that the incidents report had been received.
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