ABUJA—the Nigerian Mission in South Africa has strongly condemned the renewed xenophobic attack on Nigerians in that country. Godwin Adama, The Consul General of Nigeria in Johannesburg, South Africa, said this in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday.
Adama said that nothing less than 10 shops owned by well-meaning Nigerians were razed in the attack launched by youths & miscreants on Nigerians living Johannesburg He said: ‘’On October 21, a group of South African youths mobilized to attack Nigerians in the mainly black neighbourhoods of Hilbrow and Berea in Johannesburg.
‘’The Youths who earlier carried placards to demonstrate against crime and drugs regrouped in the night to attack and loot shops of Nigerians, burning about 10. Although no life was lost, the damage to Nigerian shops and properties is grave.”
He said peace had returned to the area as the case had been reported at the Hilbrow Police Station by Nigerians affected by the pillaging and burning of their shops.
‘’We condemn such attacks; we call on authorities to arrest and try any citizen, including Nigerians, who run afoul of the law.
‘’Also, those involved in such attacks should be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law. We are also appealing for restraint to avoid further attacks while we also condemn activities of Nigerians involved in the drug business which is done in public glare in the areas. ‘’The youth believed that police is not doing much to discourage the drug trade and are taking laws into their hands which is condemnable,” he said.
He added that the ongoing legal trial of a Nigerian Pastor, Timothy Omotoso, convicted of raping minors in his church might have also increased bad blood against Nigerians. He said the superfluous public trial in media of the Nigerian Pastor had whipped up serious emotions and condemnation on the issue, and has only succeeded in demonising Nigerians.
He said the mission was in touch with the police and other law enforcement agents to subside the tide of attacks, adding that the mission was collaborating with Nigerians to discourage crime among some Nigerians.
He said the Police had assured the Mission of protecting Nigerians in the area from further attacks.