Rest in peace Comrade Ebuka Nwaogu
Posted on: 2017-04-22 04:35:58
It was a sad dawn this day the 22nd of April 2018 in the town of Rustenburg, North West Province of South Africa as we woke up to another barbaric news similar to those condemned by the international community during the Apartheid era in South Africa.
The Nigerian community in the aforesaid province are once again forced to mourn one of it’s compatriot in what can only be described as what now appears to be a perpetual xenophobic or Afro-phobic predisposition against Nigerian inhabitants in that metropolis.
It was alleged that the victim, Mr. Clement Ebuka Nwaogu of Njikaoku L.G.A Anambra State, Nigeria was approached by a mob of South African nationals who perceived his intonation and idiosyncrasy as that of a Nigerian and descended on him like a common criminal with all sorts of dangerous weapons right in the presence of South African Police officers. According to onlookers, while he was being attacked, He beckoned on the men in uniform to intervene and save him from the torture that eventually led to his untimely death but the police turned a blind eye while he was abused horribly.
When he could no longer persevere, he ran for his life but they chased him as though they were chasing a scoundrel. They caught him and continued their assault on him just like the Apartheid system once did even though the entire African nation and global community at large were against it but yesterday , it was an act on display in South Africa right in the presence of security agents. As if that was just a taste of horror, as if it was not enough pain already inflicted on a fellow human, they poured gasoline on him and set him ablaze.
The mob thought he was dead and ceased fire, but some eye witnesses who felt he is still alive called on emergency personnels who took Mr Ebuka to the hospital. Unfortunately, he could not survive the nightmare; he died this morning at Job Shimankane Hospital in Rustenburg.
The deceased left behind his wife, Patricia Marivate Nwosu who is a South African and his two children who are 3 and 5 years old respectively.
It is important to add that fourteen Nigerians who protested against the incessant killing of our compatriots few months ago in the subject province referenced herein are still being incarcerated and our legal team are trying everything possible to facilitate their freedom.
In December 2017, Mr Ebuka was killed in Durban by members of South African Police services who tried to extort money from him. The Policemen are already out on bail but our compatriots who protested against killing of law abiding Nigerians are still being incarcerated.
This has become a growing trend in South Africa and across the provinces yet, both Nigeria and South Africa Governments are not doing enough to stop this barbarism despite our pleas.
Nigerian Union South Africa, NUSA and the entire Nigerian community in South Africa hereby call on the authorities to leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators are brought to justice.
We once again call on the Nigeria High Commission Pretoria and the Nigerian Consulate Johannesburg to do the needful urgently with their counterparts because this is already out of hand.
Nigerian Union with its legal desk will follow up on the matter with the appropriate institutions until justice prevails.
We are in pain!