The Nigerian Community in South Africa has announced the killing of Clement Nwaogu , who was burnt alive by a mob in the latest xenophobic attack in that country .
The Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Union in South Africa , Mr . Habib Miller , confirmed the killing from Pretoria in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nige ria in Port Harcourt on Monday .
He said the victim , a native of Njikoka in Anambra State and an upholsterer in South Africa , was attacked and killed by a mob in Rustenburg, North West Province.
Miller said that the victim was murdered in cold blood over his accent and habit, which the mobsters supposedly found offensive .
“ The mob descended on him like a common criminal with all sorts of dangerous weapons in the presence of the South African police officers .
“ Eyewitnesses say the victim beckoned for help from the police to intervene and help him , but they turned a blind eye .
“ When Nwaogu could no longer persevere , he ran for safety ; the mob chased and caught him , poured petrol on him and set him ablaze , ” he said .
Miller said that the mob then left Nwaogu when they thought he had died .
The spokesman said that it was shortly after the mob left Nwaogu that some passersby called emergency personnel, who later took the victim ’ s charred body to the hospital .
“ The eyewitnesses feeling that the victim was still alive called for help ; unfortunately, Nwaogu could not survive the ordeal and died at the Job Shimankane Hospital in Rustenburg, ” he said .
In another development, Miller said 14 Nigerians , who protested against the killing of a fellow citizen in that country’ s North – West Province in February, were still in detention .
He said the police officers murdered the Nigerian on December 17 after failing to extort money from the victim .
Miller said that the police officers had since been released on bail while those who protested against the killing were still languishing in detention .
“ Our legal team is doing everything possible to facilitate the release of the protesters . We are worried that nothing has been done by the Nigerian government to stop the killings .
“ We once again call on the Nigerian mission in South Africa to do the needful urgently because things are getting out of hand.
“ The union with its legal desk will follow up the matter with the appropriate institutions until justice prevails, ” he added .
Nwaogu was married to a South African and was blessed with two children ; aged three and five years .
NAN recalls that the killing of Nwaogu follows the extrajudicial killing of another Nigerian , ThankGod Okoro , 30 , by the South African Police Flying Squad .
Okoro , a native of Ogbaku in the Awgwu Local Government Area of Enugu , was shot dead at Hamburg , Florida West Rand , Johannesburg on April 9 .
Records show that no fewer than 118 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa since February, 2016 .
Meanwhile , the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs , Abike Dabiri – Erewa, on Monday disclosed that about four South African policemen were on trial for the alleged killing and maltreating of Nigerians in the country.
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