Attack on Nigerian businesses in SA is a criminal act - FG

Attack on Nigerian businesses in SA is a criminal act - FG

- The fresh attack on Nigerian-owned businesses in Witbank in the Mpumalamga district of South Africa is a criminal act and not xenophobic

- The federal government stated this on Wednesday, October 23, adding that the attack occurred at about 9am on Tuesday, October 22

- The Nigerian consul general in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, says the attack was masterminded by taxi drivers under the guise of fighting crime

The fresh attack on Nigerian-owned businesses in Witbank in the Mpumalamga district of South Africa has been described by the federal government as criminal act and not xenophobic.

The clarification was made on Wednesday, October 23, by the Nigerian consul general in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama.

The Sun reports that the consul general said that the attack occurred at about 9am on Tuesday, October 22.

Legit.ng gathers that Adama said the attack was masterminded by taxi drivers under the guise of fighting crime.

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He said: “There was nothing like xenophobia; this attack was crime-related and it is just that some criminals took advantage of the opportunity to carry out crime.

“We held a meeting with the police authorities and they led us to the place where the attack occurred.

“Although it happened in a different locality (from the previous one), we agreed to meet often to prevent re-occurrence."

Adama said that the police promised to invite the taxi drivers association and Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA) to a meeting to discuss and resolve issues amicably.

He said: “There is no problem at the moment and we are monitoring the situation keenly and we have been able to reach a reasonable stage of agreement and help out.

“The government is doing everything here to fight crime. The locals take laws into their hands thinking that the police was not doing enough, which is what mostly leads to attack.

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“People feel there is drug or human trafficking and security operatives are not meeting expectations, and so they take laws into their hands in order to fight crime, but it does not work that way.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigerians and other foreign nationals residing in South Africa suffered another xenophobic attack on Tuesday, October 22.

Three Nigerians alongside other foreigners were injured in the attacks which took place in different locations of Witbank, Mpumanlaga Province, South Africa.

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