The offices and consulate of the South Africa High Commission to Nigeria have been closed down by the High Commissioner, Ambassador Bobby Moroe.
Ambassador Moroe confirmed that he ordered the closure of the offices in the early hours of Wednesday, September 5.
Laila’s news gathered that the High Commissioner ordered the closure in order to protect the lives of South Africans in the country which is being threatened by aggrieved Nigerians.
“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,” he said.
It will be recalled that some Nigerians have been burning down establishments owned by South Africans, after reports of a recent xenophobic attack on Nigerians in South Africa.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello has, however, advised Nigerians in the Territory not to engage in any form of retaliatory attacks on South African nationals and businesses over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
He explained that the South African businesses in the FCT were established in partnership with Nigerian investors and any form of retaliation would have a negative impact on our economy.
Bello noted in a statement by his media aide, Anthony Ogunleye that “attacking or vandalising them will ultimately have negative economic consequences for the Nigerian economy and employees of those organisations”.
He also warned residents that law enforcement agencies have been mobilised to arrest “anybody instigating or participating in any acts of violence or vandalism.”
The Minister went further to assure South African nationals of their safety, adding that it was the honour and pleasure of the FCT to have them living and working in the Territory.