Despite efforts being made by the Nigerian government and South African government to end xenophobia in South Africa, the Nigerian community in South Africa has confirmed the killing of one of its members, Ikenna Otugo.
Sylvester Okonkwo, Acting Chairman of Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA) in the Kwazulu Natal Province, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that the deceased was killed at Empangeni, in the province on Tuesday.
He said that Mr Otugo, 41, a native of Nimo in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra, was allegedly stabbed to death by unknown assailants over a business disagreement.
Okonkwo told NAN on the telephone from Empangeni that Otugo had repaired a cellphone for a client in the area.
He said that information made available to the union indicated that the female client was not satisfied with the work done by Mr Otugo.
Okonkwo said the client brought some men who allegedly stabbed the victim.
“Otugo died on the way to the hospital following the stabbing. We have reported the incident to the police and national secretariat of our union,” NUSA said.
“His (Otugo’s) body is now in the mortuary awaiting autopsy,” he said.
The acting chairman said the victim is survived by a nine-year-old son.
Contacted, Adetola Olubajo, President of NUSA, said that the national secretariat had been informed about the incident.