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Another Nigerian murdered in South Africa


The Nigerian community in South Africa is now of a moody disposition as another Nigerian was killed today.

The  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a young man named ThankGod Okoro, 30, from Ogbaku in the Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, was killed in the recent spate of attacks against young Nigerians in South Africa.

Statistics reveal that over 117 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa from February 2016 till date.

Unofficial survey says the number of Nigerians living in South Africa is at about 800,000 with youths making up the majority of the figure.

The Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, Mr Habib Miller, who is based in Pretoria, confirmed the killing of Okoro in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Friday.

He said a South African police officer allegedly shot Okoro in the head.

“The union is not happy with the latest murder of ThankGod Okoro on April 9 by a member of the South African Police Flying Squad at Hamburg, Florida West Rand in Johannesburg.

“The officer, who shot Okoro claimed that the young man attempted to stab him during a stop-and-search operation.

Miller said that the Acting President of the Nigeria Union, Mr Joshua Ogade, and the head of the union’s legal team, Mr Omoreige Ogboro, had gone to site of the incident to gather information.

“Our team has gone to the Florida Police Station to ensure that due process is followed in an attempt to seek justice on the killing.

“The Independent Police Investigative Directorate has been notified of the killing of Mr Okoro,”