A high school teenager, Chinonso Dennis Obiaju, 17, was shot dead in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, who confirmed the killing to the News Agency of Nigeria, said that the deceased lived in Roodeprt, Johannesburg with his guardian.
Olubajo said that the deceased guardian, Mr Mike Nsofor, disclosed that late Chinonso was shot about 6.30pm.
Nsofor said that the deceased went to buy an item from a shop with his friend and someone chased and opened fire on them, killing him. He added that the family would be burying him in South Africa, noting that the union’s leaders in Johannesburg would be contacting him on the developments.
Olubajo said they were going to the Police on Monday to finalise on the registry and provision of his papers. However ,He said that the deceased was born in South Africa and his mother is in the U.S. and He has spoken to Mike Nsofor to pass the Nigerian community’s condolences and call for justice to be served in this case as anybody who hunts down a young schoolboy couldn’t have any justifiable reasons.
He further implored the Federal Government to urgently protect Nigerians in the Diaspora. At least no fewer than 200 Nigerians have been killed in xenophobic attacks between 2016 and this year. According to unofficial sources, up to 800,000 Nigerians, mostly young people reside in South Africa.