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43-year-old Nigerian reportedly killed in South Africa

The Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa (NICASA) has revealed that a 43-year-old Nigerian living in South Africa, Benjamin Okoronkwo, has been killed by unknown gunmen in Johannesburg.

Okoronkwo, a 43-year-old Taxify driver from Okposi, Ohaozara Local Government of Ebonyi State, was reportedly shot dead by the assailants at about 3 a.m. on August 3, in his car.

The union in a statement by its Assistant National Publicity Secretary, Ikele Odefa, said it has visited the scene of the incident and later went to open a case of murder at Mofartview Police Station in Johannesburg’s south cluster.

Odefa said the deceased is survived by two children and a wife.

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The statement reads: “The Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa received with sadness and regrettably announce the tragic death of Mr Benjamin Simeon, 43 years old. He was a native of Okposi in Ebonyi State. He was allegedly shot by yet-to-be unidentified gunmen in the wee hours of today, the 3/08/2019 at Verona and High Street in the south of Johannesburg.

“Late Mr Benjamin Simeon, until his death, was a Taxify driver. He is survived by a pregnant wife, who also is from the same community with him and has two other children from the same wife.

“We pray for God to grant the family, friends, kinsmen comfort at this difficult time, and the strength to bear the loss, while calling on all to remain vigilant in their dealings with one another.”

The death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa has continued to rise with frequent xenophobic attacks between 2016 and 2019.

According to data from the United Nations, about 127 Nigerians have been killed in three years.

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