Nigeria Senate wants ties with SA re-assessed
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 01, 2017,
Mar 01, 2017, 13:28
The minister said nobody was convicted as a result of previous attacks and no compensation was paid by the South African government.
It also condemned the attacks.
In most of the xenophobic attacks that have occurred in South Africa in the past two years, the majority were in rural townships, where the native residents argued that foreign nationals steal their jobs, prostitute their children and sell drugs.
It also resolved to send a delegation to South Africa to engage their fellow parliamentarians on the matter.
The senators raised alarm that 20 Nigerians in South Africa were allegedly killed in extra judicial manner over allegations of drug trafficking without recourse to legal process and fair hearing as prescribed by the global laws and the South African laws.
South African high commissioner Lulu Mnguni said the nonviolent protests came after the National Association of Nigerian Students issued the deadly ultimatum to South Africans.
The Nigerian Union in the country reported that pieces of property worth millions were destroyed in the attacks.
Meanwhile, Chief Andrew Elijah of Ijaw Monitoring Group in Nigeria pleaded with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the South African Human Rights Commission to intervene to stop attacks on Nigerians in SA.
Speaking during plenary, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the delegates will deliberate with South African Parliament to resolve the attacks.
She also recalled that in 2016, 20 Nigerians were killed under similar circumstances over allegations of drug trafficking without recourse to legal processes and the principle of fair hearing.
Gbajabimaila and five other members, including the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hon. "We don't want them on our soil until the safety of Nigerians in South Africa is guaranteed".