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South Africans destroy Nigerian-owned businesses in new xenophobic attack



South Africans on Saturday attacked the Nigerian community and Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West.
Ikechukwu Anyene, President, Nigeria Union confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Anyene said the attack started at 4am.
He said the union had reported the incident to the Nigeria mission and South African police.
“As we speak, five buildings with Nigerian businesses, including a church have been looted and burned by South Africans.
“One of the buildings is a mechanic garage with 28 cars under repairs, with other vital documents, were burned during the attack.
“Also, the pastor of the church was wounded and is in the hospital receiving treatment,” he said.
Anyene said the union had informed Nigerians in South Africa to be vigilant in the face of renewed xenophobic attacks.
He confirmed that the union received information that there will be xenophobic attacks against foreigners on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23.
“We began taking precautionary measures when the incident took place today.
“The attack in Pretoria West is purely xenophobic and criminal attack because they loot the shops and homes before burning them,” he said.
He called on the Federal Government to persuade its South African counterpart to protect Nigerians in their country.
“These attacks should not be allowed to continue because it is a big setback,” he said.


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