Xenophobia? Nigerian Businessman Beaten To Death In S’Africa
The Nigeria Union in South Africa have confirmed the death of a Nigerian businessman who was beaten to death in Limpopo Province of the country on Tuesday, July 28.
The late 35-year-old victim identified as Ikejiaku Chinedu, was reportedly killed by guards of a private security firm at about 8.00 p.m on Tuesday.
Chinedu is the 15th Nigerian to be killed in South Africa since the beginning of the year.
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Secretary of the Nigerian Union’s chapter in Limpopo, Mr. Collins Mgbo, reveals that the deceased was an indigene of Ogwa, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo and married with three children.
Hear him; “One of our members here, Ikejiaku Chinedu was killed at the outskirts of Polokwane, Limpopo Province of South Africa.
Information available to us showed that guards of the security company chased and arrested him, he was beaten. The autopsy result we have showed that there were bruises all over his body, showing that he was beaten to death or suffocated.”
According to the union leader, the incident has been reported to the South African police for investigation. He says the South African police assured has assured them of a thorough investigation to ensure that justice is done. The case has also been reported to the Nigerian union in Pretoria.
President of the Union, Mr. Ikechukwu Anyene, confirmed that they had received report of the sad incident, and have called on the South African police to investigate the case and bring the culprits to book.
Anyene further adds that the union would send the report to the Nigerian Consulate for necessary action.
Many Nigerians in search of greener pasture in foreign countries have met their untimely death as a result of extra-judicial killings, among other reasons.
Many have reportedly been killed by South African policemen and despite the fact that the cases were reported, they have largely remained unresolved murder cases.
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Meanwhile, the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Lulu Mnguni, has said that 50,000 Nigerians visit South Africa for tourism annually out of about 10 million foreign tourists.