The Federal Government says it is following police investigations on the death of two Nigerians in South Africa and also taking action to protect its citizens.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja on Wednesday, signed by the spokesperson, Mr Tope Elias-Fatile, said their death occurred in two separate incidents.
“The mission informs that the first incident involved Mr Ikechukwu Mmanwoke Edmond, an indigene of Anambra State, who was murdered in front of his home in Marvern, a suburb of Johannesburg.
“The second incident involved Mr Eluka Agu, who was beaten to death during a robbery alongside some unidentified persons in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion, near Pretoria.
“The Federal Government wishes to assure that the Consulate-General of Nigeria in Johannesburg has been following Police investigations on the sad development.
“Meanwhile, our missions in South Africa would continue to engage their host authorities to ensure the safety of Nigerians residing in various parts of the country.”
Grief-stricken Nigerian community in South Africa confirmed the vicious killing of the two members in that country within 48 hours barely a month after President Jacob Zuma was honoured by the Imo Government.
In October, a Nigerian man was shot dead in South Africa over an alleged 300 Rand (about N7,500) parking lot debt.
No fewer than 116 Nigerians have been dispatched to their early graves in the country through extra-judicial means in the last two years, according to Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
A dependable source close to the Nigerian community said on Tuesday that the first victim, Ikechukwu Mmanwoke Edmond, 40, was killed on November 11.
The source said the deceased, a businessman and native of Ihembosi, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra, was killed in front of his house on Amant Street, Malvern, Johannesburg.