Nigeria to send security agents to South African Police

By Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama

The Nigerian government is planning to send security agents to work with the South African police in tackling the attacks there.

The government said the essence is to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians who have suffered xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama stated this on Tuesday while speaking with State House correspondents after he met President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We are hoping to see the possibility of deploying some security agents to the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa to work closely with the South African Police Force. 

“We believe that that will be a very important process to address this kind of issue and to preempt this kind of attacks and possibly for them to also be embedded within the police force of South Africa. 

“So, you have some certain number of Nigerian security people trying to work with the South African Police Force,” he said.

Onyeama said the security proposal that the country has made to South Africa aimed at safeguarding the security of Nigerians in the future.

According to him, ”the proposal is one of the issues that the President Buhari’s Special Envoy will take to President Cyril Ramaphosa.”

Strong protest
Onyeama stressed that the Nigerian government has registered “a strong protest to government of South Africa and has put forward to the government what it think would make a big difference.”

The minister said the other proposals that the government has put before South Africa was compensation to those who have suffered loss in the attacks.

“It is just those two key issues; the compensation payment and the security mechanism to be put in place to ensure that this kind of attack do not recur…we need to have a viable mechanism in place,” the minister added.


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