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Nigerian killed in South Africa over ‘business disagreement’

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The Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA) states that a Nigerian businessman was killed in the country due to an alleged commercial disagreement with a customer.

Sylvester Okonkwo, acting chairman of the NUSA in Kwazulu Natal province, said that Ikenna Otugo, the deceased, was killed Tuesday in Empangeni, in the province.

Speaking with NAN in a telephone conversation on Wednesday, Okonkwo said a 41-year-old Nimo native in the Njikoka local government area of Anambra was stabbed to death by unknown attackers.

He said that Otugo had repaired a cell phone for a customer in the area, but was not satisfied with the work done by the deceased.

According to the interim president, the client brought some men who would have stabbed the victim.

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“Otugo died on the way to the hospital following the stabbing. We have reported the incident to the police and national secretariat of our union, NUSA,’’ he said.

“His (Otugo’s) body is now in the mortuary awaiting autopsy.’’

Okonkwo said the deceased is survived by a nine-year-old son.

Adetola Olubajo, president of NUSA, confirmed the incident, saying the national secretariat had been informed.

At least 490 Nigerians have fled South Africa over xenophobia attacks.

President Muhammadu Buhari and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa had met to renew alliance and to seek ways of putting an end to the attacks.