Xenophobic attack in South Africa (AFP file picture)

The federal government has confirmed the death of two Nigerians in South Africa, stressing that it is monitoring police investigations.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja on Wednesday, signed by the spokesperson, Tope Elias-Fatile, said their death occurred in two separate incidents.

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“The mission informs that the first incident involved 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 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.”

The statement added that the government commiserates with the families of the deceased.

Meanwhile, the ministry said Nigerian missions in South Africa would continue to engage their host authorities to ensure the safety of Nigerians residing in various parts of the country.