Nigeria’s Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, has confirmed the murder of another Nigerian, Chikamso Ufordi, in South Africa.
Adama condemned the incident, as he stated that over 50 people are violently murdered daily in South Africa.
“We are, however, investigating and equally following up police investigations on the matter to see the motive behind the attack. “We are however not in a hurry to conclude that it was xenophobic or criminal,” Adama said.
He promised that the Consulate would partner the South African authorities to arrange a meeting with the locals, Nigerians, the police authority, to further adopt ways of preventing any form of xenophobic attacks in the future. He further appealed to Nigerians resident in that country to operate within the confines of the law and not to engage in activities that would compromise their security.
Adama confirmed that Ufordi died on the spot while his companion in his car sustained gunshots injuries. Okoli, who explained that the incident happened on Friday night (Oct. 25) around Nigel Area of Johannesburg, South Africa, added that the assailants shot at Ofordi who was driving his car with two other Nigerians.
“We got the information of the attack early the next morning and we swung into action to ascertain the true situation.
“It was alleged that Ufordi was involved in a love affair with a local girl. “He had received warning several times to stop the relationship with the girl by her former local boyfriend.
“Some Nigerian friends had also advised him to stay away and stop the relationship. “He, however, continued the relationship until his untimely death by assassins; the identities of the killers are yet to be confirmed,” Okoli said.
Adama added that the local Police have begun investigating the matter, and promised to follow through with the case to ensure that the culprits were brought to justice.