Two Nigerians have been reportedly killed within 48 hours in South Africa. A source close to the Nigerian community in the country told NAN that the first victim — Ikechukwu Edmond, aged 40 — was allegedly killed on November 11 while the second — Eluka Agu — was allegedly beaten to death on November 13.

According to the source, Edmond, a businessman and native of Ihembosi in Ekwusigo LGA of Anambra State, was killed in front of his house on Amant street, Malvern, Johannesburg. An eyewitness was quoted as saying that six men came to their house and started breaking doors and taking out their personal effects.

The source said: “When she (the neighbour identified as Sibongile) raised alarm, they started beating her. When Ikechukwu came in and saw what was happening, he brought out his phone to call the police. A member of the gang took a brick and hit him in the face and he fell down. When the police arrived, he was already dead.”

It also quoted police as saying they have commenced an investigation into Edmond’s death.

Meanwhile, Agu, a native of Ihiala in Anambra, was allegedly robbed and then beaten by some South Africans at Oliven, Centurion. It was learnt that the police later came and took him to his house for a search.

“The victim pleaded with the police to take him to the hospital for treatment but they refused,” the source was also quoted to have said. They searched his house without finding anything (but) he (subsequently) died as a result of the severe beating.”

The source added that the Nigerian community in the area expressed worry about the incidents and resolved to take up the matter with “appropriate authorities”.

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