A Nigerian, Ikenna Innocent Otugo, has been confirmed killed in South Africa amid recent upheavals around the globe over xenophobic attacks in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sylvester Okonkwo, acting chairman of Nigerian Union, South Africa (NUSA) in the Kwazulu Natal province, made the confirmation on Wednesday, October 16.
According to him, the deceased was killed at Empangeni, in the province on Tuesday, Octobrt 15.
It was learnt that Otugo, who was 41 and native of Nimo in Njikoka local government area of Anambra, was allegedly stabbed to death by unknown assailants over a business disagreement.
Giving details, he said Otugo had repaired a cellphone for a client in the area and that information made available to the union showed that the female client was not satisfied with the work.
She then brought some men who allegedly stabbed the victim, who has a nine-year-old son.
"Otugo died on the way to the hospital following the stabbing. We have reported the incident to the police and national secretariat of our union, NUSA.
“His (Otugo’s) body is now in the mortuary awaiting autopsy," he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that in the heat of xenophobia, Clayson Monyela, a spokesperson to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in South Africa accused Nigeria of overreacting.
Monyela was reported by a South African platform, City Press, as saying that Nigeria was the most vocal in reacting to the attacks despite the fact that not a single Nigerian was killed in the incident.
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