Nigerians Given 12-hour Ultimatum To Leave South African Town

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Nigerians and other foreign nationals residing in Keimoes and Upington area of Northern Cape of South Africa, have been given 12 hours to leave the communities.

This came up after a violent clash between locals and foreigners following the killing of a police officer and his cousin on Wednesday 8th January, 2020.

It was reported that a Nigerian had stabbed Constable Nico Visagie and his cousin to death, as a result of this development the locals were bitter about the incident, which then leads to attack on foreigners, burning of their houses and stalls.

The community members of Keimoes and its environs went on rampage, burning and destroying properties belonging to foreign nationals, Nigerians to be precise.

These attacks spread to Upington. Nigerians and other foreign nationals were also expelled from the area.

The immediate intervention of the police this morning brought about calm, meanwhile, the situation is still tensed. Some locals were also arrested by the police for public disturbance and malicious damage to properties.

According to Adetola Olubajo, the President, Nigerian Union South Africa, they have appeared in Keimoes Magistrate Court for a bail hearing. He further said that the suspect, who had been on the run since the incident, has been arrested and will appear in court on or before next Monday, the 13th of January, 2020.

He applauded the South African Police Service for their quick intervention, calling on the security service to mobilize more security officials to maintain peace and order in the area.

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