Senator Shehu Sani has reacted following a media report of an alleged killing of a Nigerian in South Africa few hours the country’s national team Bafana Bafana were beaten 2-1 by the Super Eagles in the quarter-final stage of the ongoing Africa Nations Cup (AFCON).
It was gathered that a young man simply identified as Emeka was gunned down hours after the defeat of the South African side in Egypt by their Nigerian rivals.
Lailasnews first reported the alleged killing barely a month Mrs Elizabeth Chukwu-Ndubuisi was reportedly strangled to death in her hotel room in the former Apartheid African country.
But a follow up by one of our correspondents at Opera News, South African Police Authority denied the report, saying the matter doesn’t exist.
Reacting to the incessant killings of Nigerians in faraway South Africa, Sani suggested that “The Multi-billion dollar South African firms based in Nigeria should do more and lead the way, in building a strong initiative towards bringing an end to the unjustified and systemic murder of Nigerians residing in South Africa.”
He submitted that government to government measures to stop the killing “has failed.”
It wasn’t the first time the former Kaduna Central Senator would be reacting to xenophobic attacks targetted at Nigerians and other nationals residing in the southernmost country.
In April 2019, two Nigerians were reportedly stabbed to death during xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg and Cape Town on April 5 and April 6, 2019, respectively.
Mr Odefa Ikele, the Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa (NUSA) at the time confirmed the killings, News Agency of Nigeria reported.
After the latest killings, South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs announced that it has granted a visa-free status to Ghana, a West African country, and other seven countries.
The countries would be permitted to enter South Africa visa-free, but Nigeria was not included despite what foreign affairs analysts call a large volume of trade between Nigeria and South Africa.
Some of South African multi-billionaire Naira investments in Nigeria include DSTV, MTN, Shoprite among others.
Several bodies including the National Association of Nigerian Students threatened to take action if the ruling All Progressive Congress government led by President Muhammadu Buhari failed to find a solution to the killings.
Nigeria’s National Assembly had reacted by issuing travel warnings to Nigerians living in the country or planning to travel there.
South Africa is notoriously known for xenophobic attacks. Nationals from Zimbabwe, Somalia have either be seriously injured or brutally killed in the former Apartheid country.