A Nigerian man, Mr Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence, has been shot dead by a gunman in South Africa and the Nigeria Mission in South Africa has condemned the killing.
The Consul-General of Nigeria in South Africa made this known in a statement by the Vice Consul Information and Culture, David Abraham, on Sunday in Abuja.
Abraham said the Consul General received with pain the unfortunate news of the assassination of Tochukwu-Lawrence by a yet to be identified assailant.
According to him, the ugly incident was said to have occurred at 10 Koppe, Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa, on July 6.
He said: “An eye witness account has it that an unknown man made a way into the compound of Mr Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence and requested to see him.
“On being told about his guest, he came out to meet him, and the man opened fire on him and shot him six times, resulting in his death before he could reach the hospital.
“The reason behind the sad incident is yet to be established, but this is very unfortunate and condemnable.”
Abraham further said that the Consulate commiserated with the deceased’s family and indeed, the entire Nigerian community in South Africa.
The Consulate, he said, was also calling on the South African relevant authorities to unravel the mystery behind this dastardly act.
“Efforts should be made by the Police and other relevant agencies to apprehend the assailant and bring him to justice.
“We also call on our nationals to cooperate with the police and judicial officers in their investigation and prosecution.
“The Nigerian Consulate will continue to advance the welfare and security of Nigerians in South Africa.
“We also call on our citizens to remain calm and eschew violence, as we seek to obtain justice for the deceased and members of his family,” he said.
The spat of killings of Nigerians in South Africa has been on the increase in recent times, as the latest one was the assassination of ThankGod Okoro, who was reportedly shot dead in Hamburg, Florida West Rand, in 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.