Nigerian shot dead in South Africa bar

Xenophobia South African police fire rubber bullets during protest
South African police fire rubber bullets during protest

A 42-year-old man from Enugu State has been killed in South Africa after getting into a bar scuffle, the Nigerian community in that country has announced.

Chibuzo Nwankwo’s death, the community said, brings to 121 the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa since January 2016.

Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Habib Miller, confirmed the killing to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone from Pretoria on Saturday.

According to him, the victim was shot in the early hours of Friday at a local bar in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, following a disagreement with an unknown person.

“The deceased, a patron of the bar, got drunk and started harassing a female worker.

“Information available to the union said that Nwankwo was chased out by security personnel, but he kept on coming back; became very aggressive and rude before the ugly incident occurred,” Mr Miller said.

The spokesperson added that the South African police later intervened and arrested the murder suspect.

“A murder case has been opened and investigation has started. We call on Nigerians to be calm and allow the law to take its course,” Miller said.

He said the union was against at any form of violence, adding that it would monitor the case to ensure that justice prevailed.