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Nigerian Trader Assassinated In Broad Daylight In South Africa

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Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, , has expressed worry over the killing of another Nigerian in South Africa.

The Nigeria Mission in South Africa had on Sunday confirmed the killing of a popular trader, Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence by a suspected assassin in the country.

The Nigeria Consulate-General in South Africa said that the ugly incident was said to have occurred at 10 Koppe, Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa, on July 6.

The mission said that Lawrence was shot six times by his assailant and died before reaching hospital.

Dabiri-Erewa in short message sent to NAN today in Abuja described the recent killing as unfortunate.

She said that further enquiry over Nigeria issue with South Africa should be directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

”All enquiries should be directed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama who has vowed to take decisive action with the new Foreign Affairs Minister in South Africa.”

Dabiri-Erewa expressed disappointment over an early warning signal put in place by both ministries, which she said, had still not been implemented.

She stated that no fewer than 117 Nigerians were extra-judicially killed in South Africa between 2016 and 2018 for one flimsy reason or the other.

She said that many more had followed since then.

NAN reports that killing of Nigerians in South Africa had been on the increase in recent times.

Before the latest one, there was the assassination of ThankGod Okoro, who was reportedly shot dead in Hamburg, Florida West Rand, Johannesburg, on April 9, 2018, by the South African Police Flying Squad.

There was also the killing of Clement Nwaogu in April, a father of two who was burnt to death by his assailant.

These wanton killings of Nigerians in South Africa had sparked a number of protests there.

For demanding justice on behalf of their fallen compatriots, 14 of the protesters were taken into custody and branded drug peddlers.



  1. DB

    July 8, 2018 at 9:30 PM

    The decisive action that you have refused to take at home is what you are ‘vowing’ to take abroad abi? Rubbish vow. Charity begins at home.

  2. Big Aunty Koks

    July 8, 2018 at 10:26 PM

    Humanity gone crazy. Killings everywhere home and regard for human life.

  3. iron bar

    July 8, 2018 at 11:35 PM

    until we have a responsible govt who will address sucn serious issue and sanction s africa.through firing their ambassador and cutting/boycotting trade ties..

  4. Jilo

    July 9, 2018 at 12:21 AM

    Nigerians! I don’t know how we react to the crime against our fellow citizens in foreign land. Minister of Foreign Affairs and our foreign Diplomats are nothing but inept people who do not know their job. Why can’t we withdraw our Ambassador and expel their Ambassador in Nigeria to protest the senseless killing of their fellow black man from the same continent. It makes know sense having a diplomatic ties with the Country who in return derive pleasure in killing our citizens. What kind of relationship is that?. If any of our citizens go against their law let him or her face the consequence instead of just picking innocent people from the street and massacre them.

    This killing should have stopped long time ago if Nigeria consulate in South Africa in collaboration with our bureaucrats in Nigeria have had a serious redress about this issue. We have to demonstrate to the South Africa government that killing of our citizens is not acceptable and if they don’t stop we have no option than to cut our diplomatic ties with them but we fail to take action and ignore that most crucial aspect. We continued with our life as if that is not a big deal. It is very unfortunate that we have non functioning government in the whole world. All what our leaders know is to fight over money and continue with their useless campaign rally to continue with their stupidity. Nigeria should have never been a Country at all.

    • kelvin

      July 9, 2018 at 1:28 AM

      First make the soul of that innocent life that was cut short rest in do me a great pleasure to know that we all will die someday..I understand your pains and disappointment dear.but our problem is not Nigeria but we that made The Nigeria which is the can we fight for each others when we disagrees in everything.we are the power but we don’t use it or still we afraid to use it even our acclaime leaders knows that our weakness is lack of unity which erased love and one action one ideas one opinion and same view..if we don’t ask or fight for Biafra today we fight for something else tomorrow as if we believe that Biafra is our next God and righteousness will come.we fight for irrelevant things and neglect what are important

  5. Mon

    July 9, 2018 at 2:12 AM

    Most of this incident in S.A are actually orchestrated by Nigerians themselves, let’s stop being noise makers where ever we find ourselves. Let’s bring our frustration home and fight for our rights, we have enough for everyone.

    It’s very unfortunate that it always end in death, people should also know that Nigeria do not have any functioning government, and the behavior of the so called diplomats is the same all over the World.

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