- Anambra state police commissioner stalled attempt by National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) to shut down South African companies in Awka
- The police commissioner John Abang said he invited the leadership of the association when he heard about their plans
- Abang said he was able to forestall breakdown of law and order by engaging the NANs leadership in dialogue
The police in Anambra state have reportedly stopped an attempt by members of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) to shut down the office of a South African company in Awka on Wednesday, July 24.
According to ThisDay, the attempt by the students' association was stalled by the state commissioner of police, John Abang.
Members of the association had reportedly started assembling at the South African company's office in Awka, the Anambra state capital, as early as 8am before its leadership was summoned by the commissioner.
The coordinator and leader of the protest, Anthony Ojiaku, reportedly said that the association's leadership had been summoned by the police commissioner, “so for now, we are shelving the protest until after the meeting.”
NANS had reportedly threatened it would shut down South African businesses in Nigeria over the continued attack on Nigerians living in South Africa.
The association in a letter which was allegedly copied to the state Director of Department of State Security (DSS) and the state police commissioner, said: “We wish to introduce to you the National Association of Nigeria Student (NANS), the umbrella body of Nigerian students studying at home and abroad with a population of 40.1 million students.
“We are poised to protecting the rights and interests of Nigerian students as well as the citizens.
“We write to you on the need to conform with the matching order given by the national secretariat of NANS that all South African businesses in Nigeria should vacate the country Nigeria as a result of the continued xenophobic attack on Nigerians living in South Africa and the killing of Mrs Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwu, deputy director general of Chattered Insurance Institute of Nigeria at Emperor Palace Hotel in Johannesburg in June.”
However, the state police commissioner, Abang, reportedly said he heard of the plan and quickly intervened to forestall breakdown of law and order.
His words: “I have a mandate to protect lives and property in the state, and what I did was to summon the leaders of the association to a meeting. They are young and can be violent, but I sat them down and spoke to them like a father.
“I told them the office they were going to attack does not have South Africans inside, but their own brothers and sisters. I also told them the implication of what they were about to do, and without deploying force, we were able to make them change their mind."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the president of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, expressed displeasure over the rising rate on xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
Lawan expressed his dissatisfaction on Monday, July 15, as he hosted Bobby Moroe, the country's high commissioner to Nigeria, during the latter's visit on a mission to look into causes of such attacks and possible ways to end them.
Similarly, the Senate had also called on the executive arm to issue a travel alert to Nigerians who intend to go to South Africa.
The Senate reached this decision following a motion presented by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe. Senator Abaribe drew the attention of members of the Senate to the recent killing of Ndubuisi-Chukwu in South Africa.
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