It’s been confirmed that South African mob has set ablaze another Nigerian, Clement Nwaogu, in that country in a newest xenophobic attack.
The country’s authority announced the killing on Monday in a telephone interview with the Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, Habib Miller, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has said.
Clement Nwaogu was said to hail from Njikoka in Anambra.
He was said to have been overpowered in Rustenburg, North West Province by angry South African mob and killed in one of the most cruel ways.
Mr Miller said the victim was murdered in cold blood over his accent and habit, which the mobsters supposedly found offensive.
“The mob descended on him like a common criminal with all sorts of dangerous weapons in the presence of South African police officers.
“Eyewitnesses say the victim beckoned for help from the police to intervene and help him, but they turned a blind eye.
“When Nwaogu could no longer persevere, he ran for safety; the mob chased and caught him, poured petrol on him and set him ablaze,” he said.
Mr Miller said the mob then left Mr Nwaogu when they thought he had died.
The spokesman said that shortly after the mob left Mr Nwaogu that some passersby called emergency personnel, who later took the victim’s charred body to the hospital.
“The eyewitnesses feeling that the victim was still alive called for help; unfortunately, Nwaogu could not survive the ordeal and died at Job Shimankane Hospital in Rustenburg,” he said.
In another development, Mr Miller said that 14 Nigerians, who protested the killing of a fellow citizen in that country’s North West Province in February are still in detention.
He said the police officers murdered the Nigerian in cold blood on Dec. 17 after failing to extort money from the victim.
Mr Miller said that the police officers had since been released on bail while those who protested the killing were still languishing in detention.
“Our legal team is doing everything possible to facilitate the release of the protesters.
“We are worried that nothing has been done by the Nigerian government to stop the killings.
“We once again call on the Nigerian mission in South Africa to do the needful urgently because things are getting out of hand.
“The union with its legal desk will follow up the matter with the appropriate institutions until justice prevails,” he added.
Mr Nwaogu was married to a South African and was blessed with two children; aged three and five years.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the killing of Nwaogu follows extra-judicial killing of another Nigerian, ThankGod Okoro, 30, by the South African Police Flying Squad.
Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South African have been going on for some years uncontrolled by the authority.
Last year, some angry Nigerian youths besieged some companies owned by South Africa and threatened to set them ablaze if Nigerian government and South African authority failed to stop the cruel killings of their fellow men in that country.
Nigerian government was instrumental to the abolition of apartheid policy in that country.