Renewed attacks in S’Africa: Police kill another Nigerian, mob raze down four shops

By Editor on 20/01/2018

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Another Nigerian, Ebuka Okorie, has been felled by bullets from the police at close range, as reports say a renewed wave of violence, which swept through the country has razed four shops belonging to Nigerians in South Africa.

The Nigerian community in South Africa has alleged that Okori, a 27-year–old member, was killed by the police in Durban in the early hours of Friday, while a mob destroyed four shops and several houses belonging to their members at Krugersdorp, near Johannesburg.

Mr Bartholomew Eziagulu, the Chairman of the Nigerian Union chapter in Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa, said on telephone from Durban that the victim was a native of Umunze in Orumba North Local Government of Anambra.

He said that an eyewitness informed the union that two police officers in mufti forcefully gained access to the victim’s house at Campbell Street in Durban at 2.am on Friday.

According to him, the officers immediately demanded money from Okori.

“When he refused, he was handcuffed, taken outside and shot dead. The officers took away his cell phone, e-passport and other valuable documents.

“The relative of the victim was tortured and robbed of his belongings while a third victim, a South African, was also robbed,” he said.

Eziagulu said that the Okori`s brother escaped from the house and called for help.

“The Metro Police around the vicinity swiftly intervened and picked the vehicle number of the assailants,” he said.

Eziagulu said that police detectives and another special police team which investigates complaints against their colleagues had been assisting to arrest the culprits.

Mr Adetola Olubajo, the President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, said that the national secretariat had been informed about the incident.

He said that the union was monitoring the situation and had informed the Nigerian Mission and the South African police.

 

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“I can confirm that Nigerians in the area have been attacked. I am amazed and emotionally down as calls from panicked Nigerians flooded my phone from various provinces.

“The South African government needs to be engaged at the highest level to avoid further loss of lives and property of our citizens,” he said.

“Two Nigerians have been killed, many displaced and injured in fresh xenophobic attacks and extra-judicial killing,” he said, adding that more than five Nigerian owned shops and houses were burnt at Rustenburg, North West Province by taxi drivers, who alleged that Nigerians sold drugs to a gang that attacked their members and that a Nigerian abducted and raped a 16-year-old South African girl.

“After our investigation, no Nigerian has been arrested for the rape or drug offence. The allegations are false and spurious,” he said.

 

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on January, 20 2018

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