Xenophobia: Another Nigerian teenager killed in South Africa

Xenophobia: Another Nigerian teenager killed in South Africa

- A Nigerian teenager Chinonso Dennis Obiaju has been shot dead in another xenophobic attack in South Africa

- Obiaju's killing is coming few weeks after Ndubuisi-Chukwu, a Nigerian insurance chief, was murdered in the country

- Meanwhile,

As Nigerians mourn Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu, a Nigerian insurance chief, who was murdered in South Africa, the country again is grappling with the ruthless assassination of a teenager in that country.

The latest killing brings to about 200 Nigerians killed in xenophobic attacks between 2016 and this year.

South Africa is home to about 800,000 Nigerians, mostly young people, according to unofficial records, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

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Ndubisi-Chukwu was the deputy director-general of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) and was killed on June 13 in her hotel room.

The teenager, Chinonso Dennis Obiaju, 17, a Nigerian still in high school was shot dead in Johannesburg on Saturday, July 20.

The president of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, who confirmed the killing to NAN, said the deceased student lived in Roodeprt, Johannesburg with his guardian.

Olubajo told NAN on telephone that his guardian, Mike Nsofor, disclosed that he was shot at about 6.30pm.

“He went to buy from a shop with his friend and someone chased and opened fire on them, killing him,’’ he quoted the guardian as saying.

He added that the family would be burying him in South Africa, noting that the union’s leaders in Johannesburg would be contacting him on developments.

Olubajo said they were going to the police on Monday, July 22, to finalise on the registry and provision of his papers.

“He was born here I learnt and the Mother is in the US.

“I have spoken to Mike Nsofor to pass the Nigerian community’s condolences and call for justice to be served in this case as anybody who hunt down a young school boy couldn’t have any justifiable reasons,’’ Olubajo said.

He implored the federal government to urgently protect Nigerians in the diaspora.

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Meanwhile, the president of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has voiced deep displeasure over the rising rate on xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

Lawan expressed his dissatisfaction on Monday, July 15, as he hosted Bobby Moroe, the country's high commissioner to Nigeria, during the latter's visit on a mission to look into causes of such attacks and possible ways to end them.

Similarly, the Senate has also called on the executive arm to issue a travel alert to Nigerians who intend to go to South Africa.

The Senate reached this decision following a motion presented by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

Senator Abaribe drew the attention of members of the Senate to the recent killing of Ndubuisi-Chukwu in South Africa.

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