FG To Deploy Police To Protect Nigerians In South Africa

The presidency is proposing deployment of Nigerian Policemen to South Africa, to reduce xenophobic attacks on Nigerians residing in the former apartheid enclave.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Geofrey Onyema, says the proposal will be tabled before South African authorities for approval.

The minister, speaking at a joint news conference with South African High Commissioner, Bobby Monroe in Abuja, explains that if the proposal is accepted, the Nigerian Policemen will work with South African Policemen.

Such Nigerian Police Officers, according to him, will assist the South Africa Police in sourcing intelligence from the Nigerian community in the country and protecting them in future xenophobia attacks.

The minister also says that Nigeria will pursue the payment of compensation for Nigerians who suffered losses in the ongoing xenophobic attacks.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched a special envoy to President Cyril Ramaphosa over the ongoing attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa.

Some of their property and shops were also looted and set on fire.

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a statement, says the special envoy will arrive Pretoria, latest on Thursday.

The special envoy, according to him, will also meet his South African counterpart and some other officials.

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