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Monday, 20 February 2017

Photos: How Nigerians Were Attacked In South Africa; Property Razed

Some Nigerians living in South Africa have once again come under xenophobic attacks with many injured and properties worth millions destroyed.

The Nigerian Community in South Africa has confirmed attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West. Mr. Ikechukwu Anyene, President of Nigeria Union, told NAN on telephone from Pretoria, South Africa, that the attacks began at 4am.

He said the union had reported the incident, which took place on Saturday, to the Nigerian mission and South African police.

“As we speak, five buildings with Nigerian businesses, including a church have been looted and burned by South Africans.

“One of the buildings is a mechanic garage with 28 cars under repairs, with other vital documents, were burned during the attack. 
“Also, the pastor of the church was wounded and is in the hospital receiving treatment.”

Mr. Ikechukwu said the union had informed Nigerians in South Africa to be vigilant in the face of renewed xenophobic attacks.

According to him, the union received information that there will be xenophobic attacks against foreigners again on February 22 and February 23.
“We began taking precautionary measures when the incident took place today. The attack in Pretoria West is purely xenophobic and criminal attack because they loot the shops and homes before burning them,” he said.

He called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to persuade its South African counterpart to do all necessary to protect Nigerians in their country.
“These attacks should not be allowed to continue because it is a big setback,” he said.

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