Nigeria recalls high commissioner to South Africa as protesters loot, vandalise SA properties in Abuja

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Nigeria has recalled its High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Kabiru Bala and also pulled out of World Economic Summit holding in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Nigeria has also demanded for full compensation for the loss of life and property of Nigerians affected by the xenophobic attack in South Africa.

According to a source privy to the meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari that had Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema in attendance disclosed that Nigeria has pulled out of World Economic Forum on Africa billed for Capetown, South Africa, from September 4-6 over the xenophobic attacks.

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Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo was to represent Nigeria at the forum.

Earlier, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Malawi pulled out of the event.

Presidents Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Felix Tshisekedi (DRC) and Peter Mutharika (Malawi) have all withdrawn from the event.

The source said that Nigeria has also demanded for full compensation for the victims of the attacks.

According to the source, this is the outcome of President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo and Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, brainstorming session on the raging Xenophobic attacks of Nigeria in South Africa.

Onyeama had on Tuesday during at a joint news briefing with the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Bobby Moroe, insisted: “In the first place, we must address the issue of compensation. There has to be accountability and there has to be responsibility for compensating all those Nigerians that have suffered loss and we are going to absolutely push forward.”

Vandalised MTN store in Abuja
Vandalised MTN store in Abuja

Meanwhile, one person has been shot in Abuja as hundreds took to the street vandalizing and looting South African investments in Abuja.

Protesters took to a Shoprite mall along Abuja Airport road near Lugbe to protest the attack on Nigerians in South Africa.

The protesters, who were prevented by the police and the military from attacking the mall, resulted to burning tires and a billboard along the Abuja-airport road.

The protesters, who were largely youths, threw stones at the security operatives, causing heavy traffic build-up on the expressway and forcing motorists to look for alternatives.

The police and military men, who could not bear the outcome of the distraction by the protesters, started firing teargas and bullet into the air to disrupt the protesters.

The situation worsened as the protesters attacked security operatives.

In the process of shooting into the air, an artisan opposite the Shoprite mall was gunned down and immediately rushed to an undisclosed hospital.

The security operatives proceeded to smoke the protesters out of their hiding places in a village just opposite the Shoprite, when the teargas overwhelmed them.

Motorists and passersby were thrown into panic and fear during the battle between the security operatives and the protesters.