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“30 Nigerians Murdered In South Africa Have Returned To Nigeria In Body Bags” – Survivor Raises Alarm

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“30 Nigerians Murdered In South Africa Have Been Returned To Nigeria In Body Bags” – Survivor Raises Alarm

By Sahara Reporter

There have been a series of controversies surrounding what caused the riots that resulted in the deaths of some Nigerian nationals in South Africa a few days ago.

SaharaReporters had reported how two Nigerians were reportedly shot dead in Johannesburg.

One of the victims identified as Dashu was gunned down at Midrand Hyper in Johannesburg on Saturday.

It was gathered that Dashu was a popular trader around the Boulders Mall area in Johannesburg and was reportedly married to a Congolese woman with whom he had two children before he was brutally murdered.

Even though several reports had described the incidents as fresh xenophobic attacks or cultist attacks, findings by SaharaReporters revealed that those behind the attacks were criminally minded Nigerians residing in the country.

Speaking to SaharaReporters on the issue, the former Chairman, Nigerian Union South Africa, Gauteng Province, Adetola Olubajo claimed that those who were responsible for the attacks were Nigerians doing illegal business for financial gains.

“I can tell you these attacks in recent times were not cult related as portrayed by the media. We know this after deep investigation. Most of those who were killed are not even members of the cult group,” he told SaharaReporters on Thursday morning.

However, he said even though he knew many Nigerians had been killed in recent times, he could not give the exact number of the casualties.

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All efforts to reach out to the incumbent Chairman, Nigerian Union South Africa, Gauteng Province, Olaniyi Abodedele, to get his reaction and more details on the incident, were futile. Several attempts to reach his South African contact were unsuccessful.

Abdulrahman Adeline, spokesperson of Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM) also said the commission was yet to be briefed about details of the incident.

“The mission in RSA will brief the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about it. You may wish to get details from the ministry,” he said in a text message sent to SaharaReporters.

Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, a former lawmaker, Shehu Sani said, “Two days ago, two Nigerians were shot dead in South Africa in a fresh xenophobic attacks; at the same time, MTN, a South African telecom Company in Nigeria has posted about N2trillion in revenues. We are African brothers but we can’t continue to live like this.”

A witness who claimed to be a dweller of South Africa also lamented how bad the situation had been for Nigerians over there for the last 15 days.

He said,

“I think this issue needs attention since the South Africa security agency/government care less.

“Since December 17th 2022 till today 31st of January 2023 more than 30 Nigerians have been returned to Nigeria in body bags.

“I have not stepped out of my complex for 2 weeks and still counting, you are a target if you look like the person they are looking for.

“Our embassy is fully aware of these killings yet nothing has been said or done. Don’t ask me what I want our embassy to do about it because I don’t know either. Just this afternoon they said someone was killed around Main Street Kenilwork (mistaken identity).

“I beg make una help us for South Africa or advise me who to reach out to, it’s really getting scary because we don’t know who is next, the only way you can be safe is don’t cross your gate,” he said.

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  1. Igbakigba Idika

    February 5, 2023 at 12:07 AM

    Nigerians living abroad are more corrupt than Nigerians living in Nigeria, I have travelled to four countries, and if you doubt me, you can travel around and see. When I went to South Africa some years back, I weeped for the future of Nigeria, because our people there have turned to lions looking for who to devour. Many left Nigeria very innocent and civil, but they are now well experienced international barons, fraudsters, criminals actors. There is no love in the street for Nigerians, quote me anywhere

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