SENATE CONDEMNS XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS ON NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA


The Senate Committee on Diaspora Matters on Monday condemned the recent xenophobic atta‎cks on Nigerians living in South Africa, urging the Federal Government to take retributive stance against the country.
The committee’s condemnation followed the alleged killing of one Tochukwu Nnadi, a 34-year-old businessman by the South African police on Thursday, December 29, 2016.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Rose Oko,‎ who expressed dissatisfaction on the continuous killings of Nigerians in South Africa, said her committee had written a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to furnish it with information on what actually happened.
“We have written to Ministry of Foreign Affairs to avail us with what ‎happened in South Africa between the Police and the man.

“We condemned in very strong term these attacks on Nigerians and several times, there are extra-judicial killings in South Africa and there is xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
“You are aware that Nigeria and South Africa have excellent diplomatic ties‎. In 2013, when there was xenophobic attacks, former President signed Memorandum of Understanding to re-enforce diplomatic ties .”
Oko added that killings of Nigerians in South Africa were against the all known laws across the globe, noting that even the constitution of South Africa guarantees human rights and fair hearing.
She revealed that the committee will come with a motion on the floor of the Senate on the matter.

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