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    S’African judge sentences Nigerian to 20 years imprisonment for ‘trafficking’

S’African judge sentences Nigerian to 20 years imprisonment for ‘trafficking’

Majake Mabesele, a high court judge in Johannesburg, has handed a 20-year jail sentence to Eke Ogochukwu, a Nigerian, who was convicted of sexually exploiting a 15-year-old girl and forcing her into prostitution. Ogochukwu was found guilty of four charges relating to human trafficking. His victim was said to have escaped in August 2015, and received help from a nearby church in [...]

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    Falana writes Zuma, threatens to sue S’Africa over attacks on Nigerians

Falana writes Zuma, threatens to sue S’Africa over attacks on Nigerians

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has threatened to file a legal action against South Africa at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights if xenophobic attacks on Nigerians continue. Nigerians have been victims of hate attacks in South Africa recently. In a letter to President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Falana asked the South African authorities to identify [...]

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    Senate cancels protest visit to South Africa

Senate cancels protest visit to South Africa

The senate has cancelled its planned visit to the South African parliament to protest against the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians. Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, announced the decision of upper legislative during a plenary session on Wednesday. He said the decision of the senate was informed by the need for the legislature to send a single delegation to South Africa. The house of [...]

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    Gbaja: People will blame us if we don’t embark on a fact-finding mission to South Africa

Gbaja: People will blame us if we don’t embark on a fact-finding mission to South Africa

Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the house of representatives, says the national assembly will be blamed if no delegation is sent on a fact-finding mission to South Africa. The Nigerian community in that country has come under attacks in recent times, losing homes and businesses. While Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, has been mandated to lead six members of the red chamber [...]

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    Henry Okah dying in South African prison, says MEND

Henry Okah dying in South African prison, says MEND

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said its leader, Henry Okah, is dying in a South African prison where he is locked up in solitary confinement. MEND, in a statement released by Jomo Gbomo on Saturday, described Okah's condition behind bars as gory and unsavoury. The group urged the national assembly delegation to South Africa to look [...]

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    Obasanjo blames South African leaders for attacks on Nigerians

Obasanjo blames South African leaders for attacks on Nigerians

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned the xenophobic attacks against immigrants in South Africa, blaming the country’s leadership under President Jacob Zuma. Speaking in Abeokuta when he received a delegation from the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos, on Wednesday, Obasanjo described the development as “betrayal” of the struggle for the emancipation of South Africa against the [...]

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    Ekweremadu, Gbajabiamila to lead lawmakers to S’Africa on ‘protest’ visit

Ekweremadu, Gbajabiamila to lead lawmakers to S’Africa on ‘protest’ visit

Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, will lead six members of the senate to the South African parliament to protest against the killing of Nigerians in the country. They are – Ahmed Lawan, Olusola Adeyeye, Stella Oduah, Shehu Sani, Shaaba Lafiagi and Magnus Abe. Senate President Bukola Saraki announced the names of the members of the delegation on Wednesday. Also, Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader [...]

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    97 Nigerians deported from South Africa

97 Nigerians deported from South Africa

About 97 Nigerians have been deported from South Africa for alleged civil and criminal offences. The deportees – 95 males and two females - arrived at Murtala Muhammed International Airport from Johannesburg on Monday night. Those accused of criminal offences were handed over to the police for prosecution, while those accused of committing civil offences were allowed to go home. This is coming [...]

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    Senate to send ‘strong delegation’ to S’ Africa to protest attacks on Nigerians

Senate to send ‘strong delegation’ to S’ Africa to protest attacks on Nigerians

The senate has resolved to send a strong delegation to South Africa to protest against the attacks on Nigerians in the country. The upper legislative chamber took the decision after‎ Rose Oko, a senator from Cross River north, moved a motion urging it to intervene in the resurgence of xenophobic attacks. In recent times, aggrieved South Africans have descended on Nigerians and [...]

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    100 South Africans raid foreigners’ shops in latest attacks

100 South Africans raid foreigners’ shops in latest attacks

The police on Monday said at least 100 people ransacked shops in Johannesburg overnight, in the latest wave of looting incidents in South African cities. “We are following up on leads and we are expecting to make more arrests,” Mathapelo Peters, police spokesperson, said. She said she did not know the nationalities of the shopkeepers and police were waiting for owners to [...]

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    Xenophobic attacks: All Africans are welcome in our country, says SAFA chief

Xenophobic attacks: All Africans are welcome in our country, says SAFA chief

The Football Association of South Africa (SAFA) has condemned in all its ramifications the outbreak of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in the country. Dominic Chimhavi, SAFA's head of communication, in a statement, said, "We want to reiterate that we don’t want to let fellow Africans feel unwelcome in our country. "We continue to work hard to ensure that all Africans are [...]

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    Zuma breaks silence on xenophobic attacks

Zuma breaks silence on xenophobic attacks

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has released a statement, condemning the acts of violence on non-nationals in the country. This is in reaction to the fresh surge of xenophobic attacks in the country. "This is the wrong attitude to be meted out to foreigners," Zuma said. “Many citizens of other countries living in South Africa are law abiding and contribute to the [...]

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    We are sorry for xenophobic attacks, South Africa tells Nigeria

We are sorry for xenophobic attacks, South Africa tells Nigeria

Lulu Mnguni, high commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, has apologised to Nigerians, and other foreigners involved in the recent xenophobic attacks. In an interview with NAN on Wednesday, Mnguni said the unjustifiable attacks were a poor representation of South Africa’s values. He said the South African government had taken measures to stop them. “We reiterate our view that South Africans are generally not [...]

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    I need urgent help, says Nigerian mechanic who lost ‘N240m worth of cars’ in South Africa

I need urgent help, says Nigerian mechanic who lost ‘N240m worth of cars’ in South Africa

Simon Adeoye, a Nigerian automobile mechanic based in South Africa, on Tuesday said he lost N240.650m (R10m) worth of cars in the recent Xenophobic attack. Speaking with NAN on telephone from Pretoria, South Africa, Adeoye said some of the cars belonged to South Africans, while others were being repaired for sale. He explained that on the day of the incident, he got [...]

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Question: Why are South Africans attacking Nigerians?

South Africa seems to no longer be a safe haven for Nigerians as South Africans renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals twice in the last one week. The most recent attack occurred on Saturday, in Pretoria West. At least five homes and businesses belonging to Nigerians were reportedly burned by a mob on Saturday while 15 houses, either belonging [...]

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    After 2 attacks in 1 week, aggrieved South Africans issue fresh threats to Nigerians

After 2 attacks in 1 week, aggrieved South Africans issue fresh threats to Nigerians

The Nigerian community in South Africa on Monday said some of its members have been receiving fresh threats from some people in their host country. South Africans have launched xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreign nationals twice in the last one week. At least five homes and businesses belonging to Nigerians were burned by a mob on Saturday, while 15 houses, [...]

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