Nigerians ‘Attacked’ in Fresh Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

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The Nigerian Union in South Africa on Tuesday reported new
xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreigners in
Sternkopf, Namakwa Municipality, Northern Cape Province
of South Africa.

The President of the Union, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, told the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Pretoria, South Africa, that
the Northern Cape Province Chapter Chairman of the Union
reported the incident to its National Secretariat.

“The National Secretariat of Nigeria Union has received
report of xenophobic attacks from Mr Kennedy Osagie, the
Northern Cape Province chapter chairman of the union.

“The report indicated that South Africans attacked Nigerians.

“Two cars belonging to Nigerians have been reportedly
burnt and they have been going from house to house
looting and destroying their property,’’ he said.

Anyene, who said that there were 20 Nigerians living in the
affected community, added that none had been reported
dead in the incident.

“Six Nigerians have taken refuge with their families in
nearby SpringBok community and they do not know the
whereabouts of the other Nigerians,” he said.

He said that the Union had reported the incident to the
Nigerian Consulate in South Africa.

Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa, Amb. Uche Ajulu-
Okeke, confirmed the incident, saying the mission had
commenced investigations.

“The Nigerian Consulate in South Africa has received report
of new xenophobic attacks in Northern Cape Province of
South Africa.

“The mission has commenced investigation into the incident
and will ensure that Nigerians are safe in South Africa,” she

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