A Nigerian businessman identified only as Emeka, has been allegedly killed by suspected drug dealers in South Africa, according to the President, Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA), Adetola Olubajo, who confirmed that the death was an isolated incident and not linked to the raging xenophobic attacks.
Olubajo said the victim was killed by the suspected drug dealers in what is believed to be a business deal gone wrong.
Gory pictures of the deceased, who was stabbed to death, were being circulated on social media on Saturday, September 7, but the incident was said to have occurred the previous day.
According to a source close to the victim, Emeka had received a phone call before meeting up with his suspected killers who stabbed him to death and took his car away.
Another source was quoted as saying:
“The way he was killed suggested that he was one of those drug dealers. He was stabbed to death on Friday but I doubt if his death had anything to do with xenophobia.
He was working in Lagos before. He was one of those Joburg (Johannesburg) boys. He was stabbed to death yesterday. He went to see his customer.”
Yet another source said Emeka was ‘stabbed to death in Brakpan, east of Johannesburg, a suburb dominated by whites.’
“I knew him; he was one of those drug guys. His killing had nothing to do with xenophobia. There is no xenophobia in Brakpan; it’s an old area dominated by whites.”
Speaking on the incident, Olubajo said:
“It’s not connected to xenophobia; we don’t want this to raise tension.”