PHOTOS: Nigerians In South Africa Protest Over Attacks

As reported by Channels, a group of Nigerians on Thursday staged a protest at the

Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital.

The protesters, mostly victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa said they are

angered by the recent massive looting of foreign-owned shops in the city by some South Africans.

Many of the protesters lamented that they have lost their goods and business investments

to the looting spree which occurred on Wednesday at Pretoria Business district.

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Nigeria’s acting High Commissioner to South Africa, Umar Bako addressing the protesters

The protesters in separate interviews told Channels Television that the protest was needed

because they are now feeling unsafe in the foreign country.

They claimed that Nigerian representatives are South Africa are slow towards responding

to their plight.

“They came to my shop and burnt everything to zero,” one of the victims told Channels Television.

“We are appealing to our Consulate via the High Commission here to please intervene in this whole

situation. We are so unsafe in this country,” another victim lamented.

However, Defence Adviser, Nigerian High Commission in South Africa, Abubakar Mustapha

condemned the protesters for venting anger on the commission by destroying some properties.

“The way they went about it (the protest) was quite unfortunate, they scaled the fence and almost

destroyed the gate,” Mustapha said adding that the quick intervention of security officers curtailed the incident.

Defence Adviser, Nigerian High Commission in South Africa, Abubakar Mustapha, addressing the protesters.


Nigeria High Commission officers later visited the scenes of the looting spree to see the level of destruction on shops owned by Nigerians.

The acting High Commissioner to South Africa, Umar Bako later assured those who came to complain of their losses that quick actions will be taken to intervene into the matter.

Nigeria High Commission officers at the scene of some of the looted shops.

Violence was recorded on Tuesday in Pretoria Business district as South African indigenes who were apparently angered by the death of a taxi operator by a yet to be identified man on Tuesday resorted to looting shops owned by foreigners in their country.

South Africa police have since arrested 17 people in connection with the looting spree.

SOURCE: Channels TV

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