Xenophobia: South Africa High Commission in Nigeria shuts down offices

South Africa Ambassador to Nigeria, Bobby Moore

The South Africa High Commission to Nigeria has shut down its offices and consulate in Lagos for fear of retaliatory attack by youths in the country following the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, The Punch reports.

The acting High Commissioner, Amb. Bobby Moroe, told Punch correspondent this morning that he had directed the Mission to suspend all consular activities until the situation improved.

“I directed that the Mission should be closed until the situation improves. We heard that South Africans were being pulled out of vehicles and attacked. We feel unsafe and that is why I directed that the mission should close down until further notice” Moore said.

He said the Mission would remain closed despite the statement from the police that they’ve beefed up security to prevent retaliatory attacks because he did not want to take chances.

Recall the South African businesses have being under serious threat of retaliatory attacks in Nigeria as a result of killings and looting of Nigerian businesses in South Africa.

Telecom giant, MTN office in Ibadan was sent ablaze while other centres were attacked, which forced the company to close shops for the now.

The other company affected is Shoprite in Lagos and Abuja.

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