Barely One month after the xenophobic attacks on foreigners and Nigerians in South Africa and the emergency evacuation of Nigerians from that country, which was anchored by Air Peace, there is a fresh attacks and murder of a Nigerian Chikamso Ufordi.
Odefa Ikele, the National Spokesperson of Nigerian Union South Africa, told News Agency of Nigeria NAN that the deceased, Chikamso Ufordi, who hailed from Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State was riding in his car with two other Nigerians when they were trailed and shot at close range by some yet to be identified persons in Nigel, Gauteng Province in Johannesburg on Saturday October 26th.
Odefa Ikele told News Agency Of Nigeria that,
“One of the witnesses informed us that the deceased, Mr. 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’’
However, the Consul General of Nigeria in Johannesburg, Mr. Godwin Adama, has confirmed the murder of Mr. Chikamso Ufordi, in South Africa, PM News reports.
Reacting to the development on the telephone on Tuesday, Adama said, he was yet to get the full report. According to him, although the incident is highly condemnable, incidences like that are common in South Africa with one of the highest crime rates in the world.
He promised that the Consulate would partner the South African authorities to arrange a meeting with the locals, Nigerians, the police authority, to further adopt ways of preventing any form of xenophobic attacks in the future.