In what could be described as a re-occurring episode, the Nigerian community in South Africa has again cried over the killing of two Nigerians in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the latest deaths have increased the death toll of Nigerians in the former apartheid enclave to 122 in 30 months.
The latest Nigerian to have lost their lives in the crime-prone nation were identified as Mr. Okechukwu Chukwumezeriri and Mr. Olushola Ayanleye.
The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA), Mr Adetola Olubajo, gave the information in a statement on Friday.
Olubajo said that Chukwumezeriri, 39, from Imo was shot dead on a football field on August 25 at Rietondale Park in Pretoria.
He said that Ayanleye, 42, from Ondo State was also shot dead in the night of August 26 at Esselen Street, Sunnyside in Pretoria.
“Information gathered revealed that last weekend’s violence which claimed two lives with another two hospitalised in Pretoria were gang-related killings.
“As the umbrella organisation of Nigerians in South Africa, our stand is that whoever that kills should face the full wrath of the law, irrespective of his or her nationality.”
“We advise that whoever has information about these killers should kindly contact the president of NUSA or the police as these senseless and trigger-happy fellows should not go unpunished.”
“We are always firm in our belief and resolution that all criminals should be treated the same, irrespective of nationality.
“Nigerians killing Nigerians should not be viewed as different from Nigerians being killed by other nationalities.
“Government officials should also take seriously these senseless killings of Nigerians in South Africa by not building or promoting narratives that it is okay for Nigerians to kill themselves.”
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