Xenophobic attacks: Group blows hot, tells FG to go against South African service providers in Nigeria

A socio-political group, Igbo National Council (INC) has called on the Federal government to immediately stop the patronage enjoyed by any South Africa-owned service providers in the country until the xenophobic attacks on Nigeria citizens stops in the anti-aparteid country (South Africa).

It stated that if within fourteen (14) days from today the killings of Nigerians continue in South Africa, they will have no other option than to mobilise for retaliation against South Africans resident in Nigeria.

This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen on Friday by Comrade Chilos Godsent, the President of INC, which also called on the Nigerian government to give a marching order to the government of South Africa to immediately halt the killings of Nigerians, and prosecute all those involved in the act as well as their sponsors.

WE4WEREPORTS had reported that the death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa has continued to rise with another two being the latest victims in xenophobic attacks on foreigners in that country.

The latest victims were stabbed to death during xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg and Cape Town on April 5 and April 6, 2019, respectively.

The Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa (NUSA), Mr Odefa Ikele, confirmed the killings in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from Johannesburg.

Part of the INC statement reads, “For many years now, we have watched helplessly with great disappointment and regrets, the reckless killings of Nigerians in many cities and towns in South Africa in the name of Xenophobia. Many Nigerians are been brutally murdered in cool blood in such a barbaric manners. We note that no responsible country or leadership in the modern world will sit down and watch her citizens been viciously murdered by blood thirsty hoodlums in whatever reasons.

“We severally watched on televisions seeing Nigerians stoned to dead like in the days of the dark ages, some burnt alive with tyres on their neck, many butchered like cows and many been shot with gun in the presence of the South African law enforcement agencies. Again, thousands of Nigerians are arbitrarily kept in solitary conferment in various prisons, police cells and detention centers across South Africa.”