Xenophobia: Nigerian Teenager Shot Dead In South Africa


Chinonso Obiaju, a 17-year-old Nigerian, was shot dead in South Africa over the weekend, in a suspected xenophobic attack.

Adetola Olubajo, the president of Nigerian Union in South Africa,  confirmed the killing of the teenager.

Nigerians are still mourning Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu, deputy director-general of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), who was killed on June 13 in her hotel room in the southern African country.

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The latest killing brings to about 200 Nigerians killed in xenophobic attacks between 2016 and this year.

Olubajo said Obiaju, who lived in Roodeprt with his guardian, and a High School student, was shot dead in Johannesburg on Saturday.

He said the guardian, Mike Nsofor, disclosed that he was shot in the evening at about 6.30 p.m

“He went to buy from a shop with his friend and someone chased and opened fire on them, killing him,’’ he quoted the guardian as saying.

He added that the family would bury the teenager in South Africa, noting that the union’s leaders in Johannesburg would update him on developments.

Olubajo said the union would visit the Police on Monday, to finalise the registry and provision of his papers.

“He was born here I learnt that the Mother is in the U.S.

“I have spoken to Mike Nsofor to pass the Nigerian community’s condolences and call for justice to be served in this case as anybody who hunt down a young school boy couldn’t have any justifiable reasons,’’ Olubajo added.

He implored the federal government to ensure protection and safety of Nigerians in the Diaspora.


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