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News - September 5, 2019

Xenophobia: South Africa High Commission Shuts Down Consulate In Lagos

Osagbemi Anthony

The South Africa High Commission to Nigeria has shut down its consulate in Lagos for fear of attack by youths in the country, the Punch reports.

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

He noted that the reported attacks on South Africans in parts of the country informed the decision to close down the Mission.

He said: “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.”

Moroe insists that the Mission would remain closed because he did not want to take chances.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has issued a Stern warning to residents of Lagos against attack on South African businesses in the state.

He also vowed to deal ruthlessly with anyone caught in the process.

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