Four shops and several houses belonging to Nigerians at Krugersdorp, near Johannesburg have been raided and destroyed in South Africa.
Cyril James, ward chairman of the Nigerian Union in the area, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the attacks began on January 18.
“The South Africans attacked our homes and shops, destroyed all we have. Many Nigerians suffered severe injuries during the attack. We have left our homes for safety because they (South Africans) are regrouping to attack us again,” James said.
James urged the Nigerian mission to urgently intervene before the mob kills a Nigerian. According to him, the safety of Nigerians in Krugersdorp is no more guaranteed because there is no help.
Adetola Olubajo, president of the union, said the situation in the area was bad.
“I can confirm that Nigerians in the area have been attacked. I am amazed and emotionally down as calls from panicked Nigerians flooded my phone from various provinces,” he said.
“The South African government needs to be engaged at the highest level to avoid further loss of lives and property of our citizens.”
Olubajo said two Nigerians had been killed in South Africa in Rustenburg and Durban since the attacks began.
“Two Nigerians have been killed, many displaced and injured in fresh Xenophobic attacks and extra-judicial killing,” he said.
Two weeks ago, more than five Nigerian owned shops and houses were burnt at Rustenburg, north-west province by taxi drivers.
The drivers alleged that Nigerians sold drugs to a gang that attacked their members and that a Nigerian abducted and raped a 16-year old South African girl.
The union denied the allegations.
“After our investigation, no Nigerian has been arrested for the rape or drug offence. The allegations are false and spurious,” the union said.
Emeka Okori, a 27-year-old Nigerian based in South Africa, is the latest victim of the killings in that country.
Bartholomew Eziagulu, chairman of the Nigerians in Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa, told NAN that the victim was a native of Umunze in Orumba north local government area of Anambra state.
He quoted a witness sa saying two police officers in mufti forcefully gained access to the victim’s house at Campbell street in Durban at 2am on Friday.
Eziagulu said the officers immediately demanded money from Okori.
“When he refused, he was handcuffed, taken outside and shot dead. The officers took away his cell phone, e-passport and other valuable documents,” he said.
“The relative of the victim was tortured and robbed of his belongings while a third victim, a South African, was also robbed.”
Eziagulu said Okori’s brother escaped from the house and called for help.
“The Metro police around the vicinity swiftly intervened and picked the vehicle number of the assailants,” he said.
Eziagulu said police detectives and another special police team which investigates complaints against their colleagues had been assisting to arrest the culprits.
Adetola Olubajo, the president of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, said the national secretariat had been informed about the incident.
He said the union was monitoring the situation and had informed the Nigerian Mission and the South African police.
In spite of supposed federal government intervention through the ministry of foreign affairs, more than 50 Nigerians have been murdered so far in South Africa in the last two years.
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