Xenophobic attacks: Nigeria begins withdrawing citizens as 600 leave

The Nigerian government has announced that 600 of its civilians living in South Africa will be brought home. This follows violent attacks on foreign nationals locally, with at least 12 reported dead.

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Nigeria has taken action over the recent xenophobic attacks on its people, announcing that around 600 will now be flown back home.

eNCA reports that the citizens will be repatriated from SA beginning this week according to Nigerian diplomat Godwin Adamu.

Briefly.co.za reported that the government had warned of possible sanctions against South Africa, should the violence continue.

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With Nigeria supplying fuel to Mzansi and housing a plethora of local interests, sanctions would be a definitive deathblow to the economy.

Nevertheless, the African nation has insisted that they would be fast-tracking the removal of citizens based in SA:

"Air Peace is beginning the airlift by Wednesday, the first flight with 320 Nigerians. We will have another one immediately after that."

Following the death of a taxi driver at the hands of a foreign drug dealer, violent protests had wrecked havoc in Gauteng, with 12 reported dead and countless businesses and other properties damaged in the riots.

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