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Mission expresses shock over alleged killing of Nigerian by fellow citizens in South Africa


Godwin Adama

The Consul General of Nigeria in South Africa, Godwin Adama, has condemned the alleged killing of a Nigerian, Linus Chibuzor-Nwankwo from Enugu State by a fellow Nigerian, Lawrence Nwarienne from Anambra, in that country.

Adama, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja, expressed shock over the incident.He said 42-year-old Chibuzor-Nwankwo was shot by Nwarienne, another Nigerian operating a bar in South Africa in the early hours of Friday at Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

The envoy said Nwarienne shot the deceased right at his bar for reasons not very clear. He said the police immediately arrested the suspect and launched an investigation into the case. “The High Commissioner and the Consul General are very concerned on this development. We condemn this dastardly act and do not expect it from our nationals who are supposed to protect each other.

“This is a development that is becoming frightening and may make the South African police authorities to blame other future killings on the same trend. We are taking it seriously,” he said.He said that the Mission is in touch with Nigerians and police authorities and encouraged them to properly investigate the murder and prosecute accordingly.

According to him, “We are monitoring the development and encouraging Nigerians to conduct themselves peacefully while we seek for justice. “Mission has been in touch with Nigerians on the unfortunate development and Mission has already commenced discussions with Nigerian stakeholders to discourage this trend.”

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