FG WARNS OF POSSIBLE ATTACKS ON NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on August 29, 2022
The Federal Government has warned Nigerians to guide against what may be another round of xenophobic attacks against them and other foreigners in South Africa, following a threat issued by a group in South Africa.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa and made available to journalists this Monday.
The warning is coming on the heels of the recent utterances of the proponents of a group, Operation Dudula, and their threats to attack foreign nationals resident in South Africa.
The group had, in recent video clips informed of the plan to march against foreign nationals in South Africa, starting next Thursday, September 2, 2022.
The High Commission advised Nigerians to be security-conscious, vigilant and exercise caution in their daily activities due to the threats of attack.
The group, through public notice and video clips circulated on social media has informed of plans to march against foreign migrants in South Africa, starting from the 2nd of September, 2022, and specifically on foreign business owners, shops and undocumented foreign nationals.
South Africa, has in recent times, been notorious for xenophobic attacks against several foreign nationals, particularly Nigerians, living and working in the country.
In 2019, foreigners, particularly Nigerians were targets of attacks and their property looted.
This development almost led to a diplomatic row between Nigeria and South Africa and elicited reprisal attacks and looting of South African businesses in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria.