Nigerians lose N21 million property to Xenophobic attacks in South Africa

The Nigerian Consul-General in South Africa, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said on Sunday that Nigerians lost more than 1.2 million Rand (N21 million) in the on-going xenophobic attacks.

She told the News Agency of Nigeria by phone from Johannesburg, South Africa, that the loss included looted shops, burnt shops, two burnt mechanic workshops, 11 burnt cars and two stolen cars, among others.

“Nigerians have compiled damage to their property and it is totalling about 1.2 million Rand or N21 million, which will be sent to the Federal Government for further action,” she said.

She said that in Durban, two of the three Nigerians who were wounded during attacks had been treated and discharged from the hospital.

The consul-general said that she would go back to Durban to assess the situation on ground and meet with the provincial authority on security of Nigerians in that Province.

“The Nigerian mission in South Africa is on top of the situation. We are working hard to protect Nigerians in South Africa.

“Though, the task has not been easy, we are trying our best. In one of the hot spots at Jeppe, near Johannesburg, the mission assisted about 50 stranded Nigerians to re-settle.

“I have also visited the site of the attacks in Johannesburg to assess the damage and it was enormous,’’ she said.

She said the Nigerian mission would meet with all Nigerian Union chapters in the nine provinces of South Africa to find strategies on how to check the attacks.

“I am bringing all Nigerians together so that we work out a vigilance and alert mechanism; they will also tell me what their challenges and issues are,’’ she said.

Mrs. Ajulu-Okeke said the mission and the Nigerian Union had been working cordially to meet the challenges caused by the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.



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  • amazing2012

    When will Christians ever be peaceful ? Religion of deceit and violence !

    • anwari

      what has the attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa got to do with christianity?

      • amazing2012

        ……perpetrated by Christians oriented people in a Christian country. Imagine this happen in Muslim dominated country, what will you say ?

        • oliver

          both Christians and Muslims are non African,yet you both cause all the problems.i advice you both to shut up with your religious nonsense

          • amazing2012

            Answer this don’t shy away, if this happen in Muslim country what will you say ?

          • oliver

            my answer remains both islam and christianity are not from Africa yet both cause all the problems in Africa,the sickness of religion i guess

  • Funmi Erin

    Editor Premium Times:

    BEFORE BUHARI’S Wasc certificate NULLIFIES MY Wasc

    This is a clarion call made to all Nigerians before Buhari’s Wasc nullifies my own Wasc.
    I never commented on the Buhari certificate case because Nigeria is immune to reason.
    Let the High Court do whatever it likes with the case brought before it on Buhari’s Wasc.
    I will also not comment on the court decision because Nigeria is an utterly amoral country.

    If Buhari is cleared of this charge of falsehood, do publish the WASC he tenders in court.
    Whatever he tenders in court as Wasc will become the legally acceptable Wasc in Nigeria.
    If it is handwritten or freshly signed, that will be the new legally acceptable Wasc, henceforth.
    All other Wasc certificates, printed and sealed by WAEC, shall thus become null and void.
    That means my own WASC certificate could be nullified because mine is printed and sealed.

    • Mr Wise

      Take a chill pill

  • Tunsj

    This is not what Mandela fought for. These people should be ashamed of themselves.

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    The sounth African government should take responsibility by clamping down on those who carry out these crimes. 22 arrests for atrocities taking place for more than 2 weeks is just a joke and no prosecutions or convictions heard about .

    The innocent victims of these atrocities whose means of subsistence has been destroyed MUST be compensated by the South African government because they clearly failed in their duty of protecting lives and property of those in their care especially when xenophobic attacks occur on a serial basis in that country .

  • Harry

    Nigerians should form a cluster of community within the towns or provinces they live in, so they would be able to always defend themselves like a mighty army. Xenophobic as part of South Africans will never stop, but when the foreigners are strong to defend themselves, things would definitely changed.