Fresh xenophobic crises may brew as the Nigerian community in South Africa has confirmed the killing of one of its members, Ikenna Innocent Otugo.
Acting Chairman of Nigerian Union, South Africa (NUSA) in the Kwazulu Natal Province, Mr. Sylvester Okonkwo, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that the deceased was killed at Empangeni, in the province on Tuesday, October 15.
He said Otugo, 41, who is a native of Nimo in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State, was stabbed to death by unknown assailants over a business disagreement.
Okonkwo said Otugo had repaired a cellphone for a client in the area.
He said information made available to the union indicated that the female client was not satisfied with the work done by Otugo, which prompted the client to contract some men who allegedly stabbed the victim.
“Otugo died on the way to the hospital following the stabbing. We have reported the incident to the police and national secretariat of our union.
“His body is now in the mortuary awaiting autopsy,” he said.
The acting chairman said that the victim is survived by a nine-year-old son.
When contacted, President of NUSA, Mr Adetola Olubajo, said that the national secretariat had been informed about the incident.