1 Nigerian killed, another abducted in South Africa – Union

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The Nigerian community in South Africa on Sunday confirmed the death of a Nigerian and the abduction of another in that country.

Ikechukwu Anyene, the President of Nigeria Union, South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Pretoria that both incidents had been reported to the Nigerian Mission in that country.

He alleged that one Victor Nnadi, a native of Orlu in Imo State, was suffocated to death on Thursday by the Metropolitan Police in Cape Town.

Mr. Anyene claimed that witnesses saw the police handcuff the victim and suffocate him to death.

“When the people saw what happened, they raised an alarm and confronted the police.

“ The union`s chapter in Cape Town is already on top of the situation and trying its best to facilitate the release of the detained brother of the deceased,” he said.

Mr. Anyene, however, urged the Federal Government to persuade the South African government to put measures in place to stop the killing of Nigerians.

The union, he said, also got information on December 24 that one Austin Agunwa, a native of Umuawulu, in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra, was abducted by unidentified persons at Rustenburg, North West Province.

He said Nigerians in the province raised a search team which later found the victim`s car abandoned, after a crash near a bridge.

Mr. Anyene, however, said the vehicle had no blood stain.

“As we speak, we don’t know his whereabouts and nobody has claimed responsibility for his abduction.

“We have directed the union`s chapter in the area to report the incident to the police and open a case on the missing Nigerian,” he said.

Mr. Anyene also said that the union`s national body would liaise with Nigeria’s High Commission to visit Rustenburg over the incident.

“We have also advised our people to be calm and remain law abiding as the union and the Nigerian Mission are handling the situation,” he said.



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  • Abdullah Musa

    One area Nigerians abroad should focus upon is obeying the hosts’ laws.
    Not every nation is lawless like Nigeria.

    • kayfaj

      It’s a known fact,some Nigerians and few other foreigner in SA are known for drug trafficking and cyber crime which are abated by some SA police.Things perhaps go sour when the Baron can no longer sustain the bribe.
      But,any criminal must be allowed (by SA police)to go through investigation and prosecution…like an ardent south African murderer, rapist,house breaker,car hijackers are normally charged to court.extra judicial killings of foreigners in SA should be condemned.

      • Abdullah Musa

        Not only South Africa, but all nations ought to have fair application of law.
        But South Africa seems to cherish it’s xenophobia.
        Nigerians, other Africans, are reaping the dividends of rescuing the cobra: deadly poison.

  • djay

    Wonder why they don”t call themselves as biafrans when they get killed or into trouble when outside the country.

    • AlBsure23

      If you support the movement for the restoration of Biafra nation and it’s achieved, they will no longer be referred to as Nigerians but Biafrans. Until this is achieved, they will always be known as Nigerians. Live with it or take your life.

  • Smart

    Whoever disrespect and hate his own country, should expect not to be respected and loved by other countries.

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  • Sir Louis

    These tales of killings are getting too much. Its high time Nigerians in South Africa do a soul- searching about why they are in that country and return home if untimely death and harassment is what they have to contend with.