Xenophobia: Nigerian Shopkeeper Stabbed To Death In South Africa

In what appears to be another xenophobic attack in South Africa, the Nigerian Union in South Africa has reported that a Nigerian has been killed in his shop at Krugersdorp, Johannesburg, South Africa.

President of the union, Adetola Olubajo, in a statement on Wednesday, revealed that Obinna Ayanele was killed on Tuesday evening.

The 46-year-old man hails from Uruala, Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, Mr Olubajo said.

Obinna’s death is coming on the heels of several reported cases of killings of Nigerians by South Africans in what is simply a case of hatred of an individual of another nationality by another nationality.

Recall that the Nigerian senate had issued a stern statement to the South African government to ensure that the continuous killings of Nigerians in the country is halted and nipped in the bud.

Mr Adetola added that the assailants had attacked Ayanele with the intention of robbing him of his money and wares.

The statement read: “With deep sorrow in our hearts, the Nigeria Union South Africa regrets to announce the gruesome murder of another Nigerian, Stanley Ayanele, from Uruala, Ideato North LGA, Imo, aged 46.

“Until his death, he was a small scale business owner, a stockist of petty goods.

“Ayanele was accosted by some criminals at his shop in Krugersdorp, Johannesburg in the evening of August 20, 2019 with the intention of robbing him of his money and wares.

“He was brutally stabbed several times, and they smashed his head with a hammer thereby leaving him in a pool of his blood to bleed to death.’’

Olubajo said the South African crime team later arrested two of the assailants while the third person escaped.