-The Federal Government has asked the South African Government to investigate and punish those involved in the killing of a Nigerian in Johannesburg in December last year
- The FG also called on Pretoria to end extrajudicial killings, criminalisation of immigrants and xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
- The Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said that Nigeria and South Africa should rather be engaging in cooperation that could lead to social-economic development as the two giants of Africa
The Federal Government has asked the South African Government to investigate and punish those involved in the killing of a Nigerian in Johannesburg in December last year.
It also called on Pretoria to end extrajudicial killings, criminalisation of immigrants and xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
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The Punch reports that the Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who visited the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, in Abuja on Tuesday 7th February sought assurances that xenophobic attacks against Nigerians by South Africans would be stopped.
Her visit was sequel to the killing of a Nigerian, Tochukwu Nnadi, in December last year by South African police officers.
Nnadi was choked to death for allegedly dealing in hard drug.
Dabiri-Erewa complained that over 116 Nigerians were killed within two years in South Africa. She said 63 per cent of the extrajudicial killings were carried out by the police.
She expressed sadness over the criminalisation of Nigerians by South Africans, noting that Nigeria and South Africa should rather be engaging in cooperation that could lead to social-economic development as the ‘two giants of Africa.’
The presidential aide said: “The last time we came here was on a sad note, we are here again on another sad note, but you have made very good comment about the fact that we need to work together to stop what is going on anywhere in Africa.
“We are worried about the criminalisation of immigrants especially among ourselves and we are worried in particular about the criminalisation of Nigerian migrants in South Africa.”
Erewa pointed out that Nigerians who broke the law deserved to be punished, but added that jungle justice should not be meted on them.
She said: “Yes, some do commit crimes and they deserved to be punished, but the extrajudicial killings worried us. In the last two years, 116 Nigerians had been killed in South Africa and according to statistics, 63 per cent of them were killed by the police and we hope that the death of the Nigerian who died on the 29th of December, 2016, would get justice in the hands of the South African authorities because I know you will and I believe you will.”
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Dabiri-Erewa, however, admonished Nigerians living in foreign countries to respect the laws of their hosts, noting that their activities impacted on their compatriots who are law abiding.
Earlier, the ambassador had expressed regrets over the killings and assured his guests that the Nigerian government would get the report of investigations into deaths of Nigerians in South Africa.