The Nigerian Consul- General in South Africa, Amb. Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said on Sunday that Nigerians lost more than 1.2 million Rand (N21 million) in the on-going xenophobic attacks.
She said 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
“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
“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.
Okeke said the mission and the Nigerian
Union had been working cordially to meet
the challenges caused by the xenophobic
attacks on Nigerians.(NAN)