17-year old Nigerian shot dead in South Africa

The Nigerian Union in South Africa has said that another Nigerian, a 17-year-old Chinoso Dennis Obiaju has been shot dead in the former apartheid country.

According to the union, Obiaju who was in high school was reportedly shot dead in Johannesburg

This is coming barely one month after Elizabeth Obianuju Ndubisi, a deputy Director General of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria(CIIN) was found dead in a hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa.

President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo who confirmed the killing, stated that the deceased until his death lived in Roodeprt, Johannesburg with his guardian, Mike Nsofor.

“He went to buy an item from a shop with his friend and someone chased and opened fire on them, killing him,” Olubajo said quoting guardian to the deceased.

He noted that late Obiaju was shot about 6.30pm on Saturday.

“He was born here I learnt and the mother is in the U.S.,”the president said, adding, ” I have 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 added that the family has resolved to bury the deceased in South Africa, noting that the union’s leaders in Johannesburg would be contacting him (the guardian) on the developments.

Olubajo who appealed to the Federal Government of Nigeria to protect Nigerians abroad said the union would visit the police on Monday to finalise on the registry and provision of his papers.

The Nigerian Senate early July warned the South African government when it expressed concerns over the incessant killings of Nigerians in the foreign country.


Unconfirmed data put the casualty figure of Nigerians killed in South Africa at between 117 and 200.


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