The Nigerian community, under the aegis of Nigeria Union South Africa (NUSA), has said three Nigerians have been killed for alleged drug trafficking. On Saturday Mr Collins Mgbo, President of NUSA disclosed in a statement from Pretoria, adding that two Nigerians were on Friday, February 11, 2022, allegedly killed as South Africans attacked foreign nationals over drugs. Following the killing of two Nigerians the Nigeria community has renewed its call on the South African and Nigerian governments to stop extra-judicial killings in that country.
NUSA said that two of its members were killed in Vereeniging, near Johannesburg, South Africa, by members of the community at a Taxi Rank.“We do not condone crime but justice must be served by the court of law should anyone be found guilty of any criminal act,’’ Mgbo said. He noted that for many, Vereeniging had become one of the most dangerous and unsafe places in the Vaal Triangle as it has become notorious for drug dealing and robbery.
“When police officers arrived at the Vereeniging taxi rank, we found a Nigerian citizen dead and two males badly assaulted. The two were transferred to Kopanong hospital where one of them later passed on. “We have no proof that it is taxi drivers who did that, but it happened at Vereeniging taxi rank,’’ he quoted Sergeant Nombulelo Mohlakwan.
“Vereeniging came to a standstill as taxi drivers closed Voortrekker and allegedly took matters in their own hands by attacking foreign nationals believed to be drug dealers and beating two of them to death,’’ he said.
Mgbo said that in a related development on that Friday, a Nigerian citizen, identified as Nicholas, was attacked by a South African gang for allegedly buying a stolen laptop. He was beaten alongside his friends who they believed was an accomplice, while the South African criminal who stole the laptop and sold to Nicholas was left unharmed The NUSA president said Nicholas was now battling for his life in the Intensive Care Unit at Kimberly Hospital.