Xenophobia: Five Nigerians Attacked In South Africa Again

The Nigeria Union in South Africa, on Tuesday said five Nigerians had
been attacked in Polokwane, Limpopo Province of that country in renewed
xenophobic attacks.

Mr Collin Mgbo, Secretary of the Union in the Province, told the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on telephone from Polokwane that three of the
five Nigerians attacked were in critical condition in the hospital.

“I received a call that a Nigerian was attacked at Ivy Park in Polokwane
on March 15. I got to the scene and saw that the Nigerian was almost
dead, his house was looted and burnt”, he said.

Mgbo said another Nigerian was also attacked in the same neighbourhood
same day and that while he got to the scene, the mob left the wounded
man and descended on him.

“They left the wounded Nigerian and faced me. They destroyed my car and I
managed to escape and ran to a police station”, he said.
The secretary added that three Nigerians, including the owner of a mechanic’s garage, were attacked at Moledji, near Polokwane.
“Their
shops and houses were looted, vandalised and destroyed. The local
chapter of the union has reported these attacks to the South African
police, Nigerian mission and national secretariat of our union.
“Our
national secretariat is on top of the situation. As we speak, three
Nigerians in the hospital are in critical condition and I do not know if
they will survive because of the severity of the attack”, he said.

Mgbo urged the Federal Government to persuade its South African counterpart to ensure the safety of Nigerians in their country.

When contacted on phone, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Ambassador Olusola Enikanolaye, said the ministry had not been
briefed about the incident.

He, however, promised to get back to NAN after inquiry from the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa.