We are on top of the latest xenophobic attacks – Nigerian high commission

The Nigerian Mission in South Africa says it is on top of
the latest xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in Polokwane,
Limpopo Province.

Martin Cobham, Nigerian High Commissioner in South
Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on
telephone from Pretoria that the mission had visited the
affected area and met with concerned parties.

Mr. Cobham said a senior staff of the high commission
travelled to Polokwane with national officers of the
Nigeria Union in South Africa, following the recent
attacks against Nigerians in the Province.

“Following the reported attack on Nigerians in
Polokwane, Limpopo Province, I sent an officer to the
area. He held meetings with the local taxi drivers,
Nigeria Union and the police.

“The aim is to resolve issues and ensure cordial
relationship between Nigerians and South Africans,’’ he

Mr. Cobham said the meeting set up a committee
comprising the Nigerian community, South African
police and taxi drivers to identify trouble makers and
hand them over to the police.

“Nigerians in that community volunteered to point out
trouble makers and hand them over to the police and
with that intervention, peace has returned to Polokwane.

“The committee is to report to the mission periodically,
while the mission will take the report to the main body,
the Early Warning Unit, set up by the Nigerian Foreign
Affairs minister and his South African counterpart,’’ he

Mr. Cobham also said, “ the mission is on top of the
situation and we assure our people that with the early
warning unit in place, a lot will be achieved in this

Ikechukwu Anyene, president, Nigeria Union, said the
meeting in Polokwane was fruitful.

He said that though no Nigerian died, two were seriously
injured and were in hospital.

“We had a meeting with the Nigerian community in the
city and told them to be law abiding because the South
African Police assured us that they are in charge and
will not tolerate lawlessness,’’ he said.

Source: NAN

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