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Nigeria Alerts Citizens In S.Africa Of Planned Xenophobic Attack

Nigerians residing in South Africa have been informed of a planned attack on foreign nationals by the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.

“This is to advise Nigerians living in South Africa to be vigilant and exercise caution in their activities due to the recent utterances of the proponents of the Operation Dudula and their threats to attack foreign nationals in this country,” the consular section of the embassy wrote in a memo dated August 24.

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According to the memo, the group (Operation Dudula) through public notice and video clips on social media announced a March against foreign migrants in South Africa from the 2nd of September.

The march, according to the embassy, is targeted at foreign business owners, shops and undocumented foreign nationals.

Violent attacks on Nigerians and other Africans have regularly erupted in South Africa partly because some South Africans accuse foreigners of dealing drugs or taking their jobs.

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In 2019, at least 10 deaths were recorded, including two foreigners, and many businesses were destroyed, prompting Nigeria to recall its ambassador while President Muhammadu Buhari sent a special envoy to South Africa.

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