Two Nigerians have been shot dead in Western Cape Province of South Africa, an official said on Wednesday.
The Chairman of the Nigerian union in South Africa, Mike Ibitoye, while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) via telephone from Cape Town, said that the Nigerians were shot by unidentified assailants.
“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,” he said.
Mr. 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.
He continued: “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.”
Adetola Olubajo, the secretary of the union, said the national secretariat had received the report of the killings.
“We have received a report about the killing of two Nigerians in Cape Town, Western Cape Province of South Africa,” he said.
“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.”