Gunmen Kill 11 South African Taxi Drivers

Mob Burns Nigerian To Death In South Africa

 

Eleven South African minibus taxi drivers were shot dead and four injured when unknown gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in KwaZulu Natal province on Sunday. 

National commissioner of police Khehla Sitole said the men were travelling back to Johannesburg from a colleague’s funeral on Saturday night when they were ambushed.

“Preliminary reports indicate that that the 11 were among 17 people coming from a funeral… Four victims were critically injured and taken to hospital while two survived unscathed,” he said.

Police launched a manhunt to find those responsible.

“We will wait for the investigation to advance before speculating on a motive,” said Sitole.

Private minibusses provide essential transport for millions of South Africans, but violence is common between rival taxi groups as profitable routes are hotly contested.

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Obaseki Pledges N10m For Family Of Driver Allegedly Killed By Police

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The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has promised a N10 million education trust fund for the two children of a taxi driver who was allegedly killed by a police officer on Tuesday.

He made this position known on Friday when he visited the family of the deceased at Urora community, in Benin City.

Mr Obaseki said the visit was to assure the relatives that the government of Edo state shared in their grief.

The deceased (Mr David Okoniba) was allegedly killed following an argument with a police officer who was said to have asked for a N500 bribe instead of N100 which he was offering.

According to eyewitnesses who spoke to Channels Television, while arguing, the driver was alighted from the vehicle and the policeman allegedly pushed him and he was hit and killed by a truck.

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The officers were said to have escaped afterwards.

The governor, however, promised that those culpable in the killing will be brought to book.

“I am here today to get the details of what happened. Listening to you, I am heartbroken. I can feel your pain and appreciate your pain and anger. I want to assure the family that the case will not be swept under the carpet.

“It will be followed to a logical conclusion as a reputable retired Judge of Edo State High Court, Justice Olubo has been selected to head the panel of enquiry which will investigate what truly happened on the said date of the incident that led to the death and consequent fracas between the youths and the police,” he said.

Earlier, the spokesperson for the family, Mrs Aremu Roseline, expressed appreciation to the governor and the state for the visit to the family, noting that the presence of the governor has given them hope for justice.

Policemen Attack Channels TV, Guardian Newspaper Crew

policemenPolicemen have attacked a joint crew of the media on their way to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters along Muritala Mohammed Highway, in Calabar.

The joint crew, which comprises a team of Channels Television and Guardian Newspaper was attacked around the Calabar roundabout, by RCC Junction on Sunday evening.

They were said to be on their way to the INEC headquarters in the Cross River State capital, to get an updated information on collation of the election results.

It was also recorded that the men dispensed tear gas into the eyes of a Channels Television stringer on election, Saviour Asuquo, also destroying the camera, as well as other valuable items.

A Guardian reporter, Miss Tina Todo, and the taxi driver were also reportedly manhandled by one of the officers.

Report says that the journalists sought permission from the Policemen on duty before filming the town.