Xenophobia: Nigeria Summons South African High Commissioner Over Escalating Attacks

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Moroe.

Motoe was summoned over the xenophobic attacks which took an expanded dimension Sunday night and Monday on Nigerians living in South Africa.

The High Commissioners is expected to meet with the minister by 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

A senior official in the ministry Kimiebi Ebenfa, confirmed the development in a terse statement.

The message read, “I am directed to inform you that the Minister of Foreign Affairs has summoned the High Commissioner of South Africa for a meeting this morning by 11. The meeting was confirmed a few minutes ago.”

On Monday, through a tweet Onyema had said that the Federal Government would take “definitive measures” in the aftermath of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

He was, however, silent on the measures that would be taken over the increasing violence against Nigerians and other foreigners in the country.

He described the attackers as mindless criminals, noting that the police intervention was ineffective.

The Foreign Minister said this on Monday in reaction to the burning of Nigerian property by South Africans in Johannesburg, Marvel, Turfontein and Jamestown, on Sunday night.

Onyeama said, “Received sickening and depressing news of continued burning and looting of Nigerian shops and premises in #SouthAfrica by mindless criminals with ineffective police protection. Enough is enough. We will take definitive measures.”

Speculations that the alleged killer was a Nigerian sparked protest, looting and burning of foreign-owned businesses.

The police had struggled to bring the attacks under control.

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