By Omuboye Sukubo
The Nigeria Union in South Africa said on Thursday that a Nigerian petty trader, Monday Okorie, was killed in Potchefstroom, North West Province of that country, on Tuesday.
Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, the President of the Union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on phone from Pretoria, South Africa, that the victim was an indigene of Agwu in Enugu State.
He said that on receipt of the report, some national officers of the union travelled to the North West Province to investigate the incident.
Anyene said that initial investigation showed that some unknown assailants shot and killed Okorie.
He said that the incident has been reported to the South African Police Department and other government agencies.
According to Anyene, 20 Nigerians resident in the city were initially arrested by the police for protesting the murder and allegedly causing public violence.
He said some of the Nigerians have been released after investigations while the nine charged to court were granted unconditional bail.
Anyene stated that the incident has been reported to the Nigerian Mission in South Africa and he had been assured that there would be a further investigation.
“ Nigeria Union is satisfied with investigations done so far by the South African police.
“Our people and government are not happy with the way cases involving Nigerians in South Africa are being handled, vis-a-vis the high success rate of prosecution of crime in South Africa.
“ We told Nigerians resident in the province to remain law abiding and allow the police to carry out a thorough investigation of the incident,” Anyene said.
In July 35 year-old Nigerian businessman Ikejiaku Chinedu was killed by guards of a security firm in Polokwane, Limpopo Province
In the same month, two other Nigerians, Gideon Ogalaonye, an indigene of Onitsha, Anambra state and Nnamdi Michael, an indigene of Enugu state, were also killed.
*Edited by Mike Mbonye and Mufutau Ojo