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Another Nigerian killed, two others injured in South Africa

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[FILES] One of the witnesses informed us that the deceased, Chikamso Ufordi, was trailed by some unknown gunmen, and was shot point-blank while in his car with two other Nigerian friends. Photo: MOTHERJONES

The Nigerian community in South Africa has confirmed that one of its members was killed and two others injured by unknown gunmen.

Mr. Odefa Ikele, the national spokesperson of the Nigerian Union South Africa, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

Ikele said the incident that led to the death of Mr. Chikamso Ufordi, who hailed from Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State and injuries sustained by the two others happened at about 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, in Nigel.

“One of the witnesses informed us that the deceased, Chikamso Ufordi, from Awgu LGA Enugu State, was trailed by some unknown gunmen, and was shot point-blank while in his car with two other Nigerian friends.

“His friends also sustained injuries, but the late Chikamso died immediately before help could arrive from the province’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team.

“The injured were rushed to the nearest hospital. A case of murder and attempted murder have already been opened at Nigel Police Cluster,’’ Ikele told NAN on the telephone.

It would be recalled that three Nigerians were among other foreign nationals who on October 22, suffered from fresh xenophobic attacks on foreigners in different locations of Witbank, Mpumanlaga Province, South Africa.

They were reported to have been killed by groups made up of community members and taxi drivers who went to different areas in Witbank attacking foreign-owned businesses and foreigners.

The October 22 attacks came on the heels of efforts by Presidents Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa to find an amicable and lasting solution to xenophobia in the latter’s country.

The peace efforts saw Buhari visiting Ramaphosa and holding a town hall meeting with the Nigerian community in the country.


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