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Xenophobia: Inquest Into Murder Of Nigerian In South Africa Begins     

Xenophobia: Another Nigerian killed in South Africa.     

Funsho Akinwale

The Chairman of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Sylvester Okonkwo, revealed on Wednesday that another Nigerian, identified as Chibuike Okeke, was shot dead on June 20 in the country.

Okonkwo, while confirming the sad incident, said that Okeke was shot dead in front of Shoprite, CBD of Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, by a white South African man.

He noted that Chinedu Okeke, the elder brother to the deceased, has lodged a report to the union of his brother’s death, who was gunned down less than an hour after he left his place. He added that Chinedu was devastated over the death of his brother who was described by many as a young gentleman.

Until his death, Okeke was aged 26 and a phone technician who hailed from Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The deceased was a skilled phone technician in Richards Bay.

The Vice President of the Union, Joshua Itua, said plans are underway to put a stop to the incessant killings of Nigerians.

“An inquest into the case of murder, CAS No: 273/06/2019, was opened a day after his death.

“The white South African, who allegedly shot Chibuike dead was arrested for another murder offence few kilometers away from Richards Bay three days ago.

“Over 147 Nigerians have been killed the last 30 months without investigation and prosecution.

“Seven were killed in the last one month, three allegedly by South African police and four by unknown assailants.

“We again call on our government to prioritise the lives of Nigerians in South Africa as the number of body bags sent home is on the increase,” Joshua said.