The Federal Government has lamented over the killings of three Nigerians in South Africa between November 14 and 17, 2022.
The government, in a statement issued on Thursday by the Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg, expressed worries over the latest reports of killings of Nigerians in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) as a result of intra-community violence that had not been adequately managed.
The Mission, however, appealed for calm and restraint, assuring that efforts are being made by the High Commission, Consulate General and South African authorities to curb the violence.
The Mission also urged religious/traditional and community leaders to bring their spiritual and moral authority to bear on current efforts towards an amicable resolution of the issues.
“The Consulate General of Nigeria is saddened by the latest reports of killings of Nigerians in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).”
“Preliminary accounts indicate that three Nigerians were shot and killed between 14th and 17th November 2022 due to intra-community violence that has not been adequately managed. This is a source of grave concern to the Mission and well-meaning Nigerians.”
It also urged the community to be law-abiding and refer all disputes to relevant law enforcement agencies for assistance.
While commiserating with families of victims of the latest killings, the Consulate General appealed to members of the Nigerian community in Durban to shun violence and any action that could lead to a degeneration of the current situation.