Nigerian shot dead in South Africa over cell phone

South Africa President, Jacob Zuma
South Africa President, Jacob Zuma

The Nigeria Union in South Africa has confirmed the killing of one its member, Chinedu Eze, who was allegedly killed by a Somali.

Chairman of the union in the province, Mike Ibitoye, told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Cape Town, South Africa, that Eze, 35, was shot on April 25 during an argument over cell phone.

“Chinedu Eze is a native of Umuchu, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. He deals in cell phones.

“Reports at our disposal said that on the fateful day there was an argument between him and Somali man inside a car.

“The Somalian reportedly shot him three times, and when he ran out of the car, he shot him six times again, leading to his death,” Ibitoye said.

The chairman noted that the incident happened at Bellville area of Cape Town, a place populated by Somalis.

He added that the incident has been reported to the police who have commenced investigation, “but we are not aware if the assailant has been arrested.”

Secretary of the Union, Adetola Olubajo, also said the Nigerian mission in South Africa is aware of the incident.

According to him, “the national body of the union has informed the Nigerian mission in South Africa. We appeal to Nigerians in the Western Cape Province to remain peaceful and law abiding.

“The mission is on top of the situation.

Olubajo also appealed to the Nigerian government to ensure that the welfare of Nigerians in South Africa is protected.