NIGERIAN SENATE UP IN ARMS OVER SOUTH AFRICA CRIME

ANC Daily News Briefing/Sapa, 24 April 2008

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Nigeria's Senate has passed a motion condemning a string of attacks on Nigerians in South Africa and ordered its foreign affairs committee to look into the matter urgently. Senator Grace Bent who sponsored the motion noted "with serious concern the protracted and unabated intimidation, brutalisation and cases of robbery and sundry attacks on Nigerians both high and low in South Africa." "These cases are rampant with Nigerians arriving by the South African Airways, Virgin Nigeria, Kenya Airways and in which cases hoodlums usually dispossess them of their valuables," she said. The Senate also urged the Nigerian government on Wednesday to issue a travel alert on South Africa, warning citizens about the dangers of going there.