Falana urges FG to sue S’Africa for xenophobic victims’compensation

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has urged the Federal Government to sue the South African Government and demand compensation for Nigerian victims in the ongoing xenophobic attacks, The Punch reports.

xenophobic Nigerian victims’ compensation, The Punch reports.

The National Chairman of Peoples Alternative Front, stated this on Wednesday September 4 in a statement.

He said it was not enough for the South African government to condemn “the shameful and cowardly attacks” butt to fish out and prosecute the perpetrators of the attacks.

“Apart from the official condemnation of the shameful and cowardly attacks the South African Government should fish out the culprits and prosecute them.

“In addition to the payment of adequate compensation to all the victims of the mindless attacks, the Government must teach South Africans about the immense contributions of the people of Cuba and a number of African countries to the struggle waged against apartheid and colonialism in the Southern African region.

“However, since the Cyril Ramaphosa administration is not likely to accede to the demand for compensation the federal government should brief a team of lawyers to seek legal redress for the victims of the attacks in South African courts.

“The Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria should be directed to coordinate the legal defence.”

Falana further said that President Muhammadu Buhari should boycott the World Economic Forum scheduled to commence in South Africa on September 4 in view of the incessant harassment of Nigerians and citizens of other African countries in the ongoing xenophobic attacks.

“In view of the regular harassment of Nigerians in South Africa and a few other African countries the federal government should make the Declaration to enable individual victims of human rights abuse to access the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights sitting in Arusha, Tanzania. Since there is no assurance that Nigerians and other Africans will no longer be subjected to xenophobic attacks the federal government should boycott the World Economic Forum scheduled to commence in South Africa on September 4,” he stated.

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