Pius Ezekwem, a 46years old Nigerian businessman residing in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa has been killed.
According to reports, Pius who ran a chain of bed and breakfast guest houses was picked up by eight police officers at a Nigerian eatery over the weekend and was forcefully taken to his home for a search and interrogation.
An argument between Pius and the South African police officers degenerated so fast that a gunshot was fired, leading to Pius’s death. Pius was married to a South African who was present at the scene of the incident. All phones were seized except that of Pius’s sister-in-law who recorded his altercation with the police. He asked the police to kill him in his house as he would not follow them to where they wanted to take him to. The policemen sadly killed him in the presence of his family.
Confirming the incident, the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Godwin Adama, said a formal report has been launched to the South African police on the incident.
The latest killing brings to about more than 200, Nigerians killed in xenophobic attacks between 2016 and this year.
South Africa is home to about 800,000 Nigerians, mostly young people, according to unofficial records.
Ndubisi-Chukwu was the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) and was killed on June 13 in her hotel room.
The teenager, Chinonso Obiaju, 17, a Nigerian still in high school was shot dead in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, who confirmed the killing to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the deceased student lived in Roodepoort, Johannesburg with his guardian.
Mr Olubajo told NAN on the telephone that his guardian, Mike Nsofor, disclosed that he was shot 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.
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An autopsy has been carried out but the result has not been released.
Not one of the police officers have been arrested as this is what they usually do to Nigerians and the authority is relentless.