FG Speaks On Death Of Nigerian In Recent Xenophobic Attack In South Africa

April 1, 2019
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The Consul General of Nigeria in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr Godwin Adama says no Nigerian died in the March Xenophobic attack in South Africa.

Adama disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from Johannesburg on Monday.

He said some shops belonging to Nigerians were, however, looted.

He said the attacks on foreigners started on March 24 in Brits, North West Province and Durban, Kwazulu-Natal province.

A few deaths recorded, may be two persons but no Nigerian was identified.

“The mission is in touch with Nigerians in various areas that there were disturbances like Durban in kwazulu Natal Province and Mpumulanga Province.

“No live lost among Nigerians but some of their shops were searched and some looted according to complaints.

“The development has been condemned by the mission and opposition parties in the country. The government has asked the police authorities to crack down on those involved,” he said.

He added: “The area is now calm and quiet.

“We are monitoring as we await response from the meeting with the foreign affairs minister here today.”

According to him, the situation is under control as the host president has condemned the action by some South African communities against foreigners particularly Africans including Nigerians.

The President of Nigerian Community in South Africa, Mr Benjamin Okoli, also corroborated the report.

He said thousands of foreigners were displaced in the wake of the latest attack.

“This attacks happened in the locations where the locals live alongside the Zimbabweans, Malawian, Mozambicans, Tanzanians and others.

“The attack did not affect any Nigerian life, since it did not happen in the urban town of Durban.

“Nigerians in Kzn are safe and we are monitoring the situation,” he said.

He said the situation in Brits is calm and peaceful saying peace has returned to the place and Nigerians are going about their normal business.

Okoli said the police has also increased their visibility to forestall any further breakdown of order.

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