The Nigerian community in South Africa has expressed shock over the killing of another Nigerian, Mr Martin Ebuzoeme by unknown assailants in the country.
President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubola, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the victim was killed in Yeoville, Johannesburg around 7:30pm on July 12.
The killing came barely 24 hours after the visit of South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, to Nigeria.
Ramaphosa had during his visit on July 11 said that the killing of Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country was an act of criminality, not specifically targeted at Nigerians.
Also, recall that a Nigerian,Mr Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence, was last week assassinated by unknown gunman at 10 Koppe, Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
However, speaking on the incident, the Nigeria Consul General in Johannesburg, Mr Godwin Adama, said that the latest killing did not have anything to do with xenophobic attacks.
Adama told the NAN on phone from Johannesburg that the killing happened in a crime invested area of the country.
”The man was killed by unknown gunmen and has nothing to do with xenophobic.
“The place is a crime prone area and those kind of assassinations happened often in that area.
”There is no investigation that showed that it was xenophobic.
”Within a year here, we have about 16,000 murders which do not necessarily have anything to do with any national of a particular country,” he said.