S'African police kill one Nigerian, another abducted *Residents seek FG’s help

By Editor on 01/01/2017

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A Nigerian was deliberately suffocated and another abducted in South Africa in what appears a gradual rekindling of the xenophobic attacks unleashed against foreigners in that country a few years back.

The Nigerian community in South Africa, which has alerted the Federal Government on the attack, confirmed on Sunday confirmed the two incidents, according to Mr. Ikechukwu Ayene, President of Nigeria Union, South Africa.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Pretoria that both incidents had been reported to the Nigerian Mission in that country, adding that the police, in one instance, deliberately suffocated one Victor Nnadi, a native of Orlu in Imo.

He said the incident, which took place Thursday, was carried out by the Metropolitan Police in Cape Town, adding that eye witnesses saw the police handcuff the victim and suffocate him to death.

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“When the people saw, what happened, they raised an alarm and confronted the police.

“The union`s chapter in Cape Town is already on top of the situation and trying its best to facilitate the release of the detained brother of the deceased,” he said.

Anyene, however, urged the Federal Government to persuade the South African government to put measures in place to stop the killing of Nigerians.

The union, he said, also got information on Dec. 24 that one Austin Agunwa, a native of Umuawulu, in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra, was abducted by unidentified persons at Rustenburg, North West Province.

He said Nigerians in the province raised a search team which later found the victim`s car abandoned, after a crash near a bridge.

Anyene, however, said the vehicle had no blood stain.

“As we speak, we don’t know his whereabouts and nobody has claimed responsibility for his abduction.

“We have directed the union`s chapter in the area to report the incident to the police and open a case on the missing Nigerian,” he said.

Anyene also said that the union`s national body would liaise with Nigeria’s High Commission to visit Rustenburg over the incident.

“We have also advised our people to be calm and remain law abiding as the union and the Nigerian Mission are handling the situation,” he said.



Source NAN

Posted on January, 1 2017

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