Nigeria’s Consul General in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Godwin Adama, confirmed the assassination in that country of another Nigerian, Mr. Chikamso Ufordi.
We reported that the deceased was allegedly shot dead by unknown assailants in a suspected love affair tangle.
Mr Ben Okoli, President of Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA), who confirmed the death on Tuesday said Ufordi died on the spot while his companion in his car sustained gunshots injuries.
Okoli, who explained that the incident happened on Friday night (Oct. 25) around Nigel Area of Johannesburg, South Africa, added that the assailants shot at Ofordi who was driving his car with two other Nigerians.
Reacting to the development on Tuesday, Adama, however, said he was yet to get the full report.
According to him, although the incident is highly condemnable, incidences like that are common in South Africa with one of the highest crime rates in the world.
“Murder statistics in South Africa indicate that over 50 people are violently murdered in a day, about 20,330 in a year.
“We are, however, investigating and equally following up police investigations on the matter to see the motive behind the attack.
“We are however not in a hurry to conclude that it was xenophobic or criminal,” Adama said.
He vowed that the Consulate would partner with the South African authorities to arrange a meeting with local people, Nigerians, and the police authority to continue to adopt ways to prevent future xenophobic attacks.
He also appealed to Nigerians living in that country not to engage in activities that would compromise their security, but to operate within the confines of the law.