While efforts are still being made to end xenophobic attacks, yet another Nigerian has reportedly been murdered in South Africa.
The Nigeria Union South Africa (NUSA) on Wednesday announced the murder of 46-year-old Obinna Stanley Ayanele, from Uruala, Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State.
According to Adetola Olubajo, NUSA President, Ayanele was murdered in cold blood by some criminals in his shop at Krugersdorp, Johannesburg, on Tuesday evening.
The criminals had reportedly attacked Ayanele with the intention of robbing him of his money and wares.
“With deep sorrow in our hearts, the Nigeria Union South Africa regrets to announce the gruesome murder of another Nigerian, the late 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.
“In the process, he was murdered in cold blood,’’ he said.
Olubajo quoted a witness as saying that “three unknown men held him at gunpoint and robbed him of his valuables, including cash.
“He was brutally stabbed severally, and they smashed his head with a hammer thereby leaving him in a pool of his blood to bleed to death.”
He added that the murderers were on the verge of carting away the late Obinna’s wares in the shop when community members contacted the South Africa Police Service, Krugersdorp Cluster Station.
Olubajo said the SAPS crime team later arrested two of the criminals while the third one escaped. He said a manhunt was immediately launched.
He noted that the murder weapons were confiscated by the police and the remains of the deceased deposited at a government mortuary.
A murder case has since been opened by the Nigeria Union Ward at the police station and the suspects were charged to court on Wednesday.
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