Unknown gunmen kill 2 Nigerians in South Africa

By Our Correspondent

Two Nigerians have been reported to have been shot dead by some yet to be identified gunmen in South Africa said.

The leadership of the Nigerian Union in the country on Wednesday stated that the two Nigerians were shot dead in Western Cape Province of that country.

Chairman of the union’s chapter in the province, Mr Mike Ibitoye identified those killed as Ernest Ughakwesili and Chimezie Oranusi.

In a telephone chat with newsmen Ibitoye said, “Mr Ernest Ughakwesili, 42, native of Nkpor,  Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State was shot in a night club by gunmen at Strand Area of Cape Town on Sunday.

“The assailants escaped after the shooting and the victim died before being rushed to the hospital.”

Ibitoye also said the second victim, Chimezie Oranusi, 26, from Oba town in Anambra State, was  shot with a friend in a car at Delst area of Cape Town.

“The friend is a South African and is still in the hospital receiving treatment. The incidents have been reported to the police and  the national secretariat of the union,” he said.

The chairman said that the motive behind the shootings had not been ascertained, adding that the police had commenced investigation.

The Secretary of the union, Mr Adetola Olubajo, said the national secretariat had received the report of the killings.

“We have received report about the killing of two Nigerians in Cape Town, Western Cape Province of South Africa.

“The union`s chapter in the province is handling the matter while the national body has reported the incident to the Nigerian Mission in South Africa. We urge Nigerians in South Africa to remain law abiding. We also appeal to the Federal Government to continue to protect the welfare of our people here,” he said.

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