Victim of xenophobic attack seeks FG help
A Nigerian businessman in South Africa, Mr Chika Emehelu, yesterday appealed to the federal government to persuade the South African government to pay compensation to Nigerians who suffered losses during the xenophobic attacks.
Emehelu, a native of Udi in Enugu State, told newsmen in Johannesburg that he lost more than R800,000 (N12million) in the May 2013 xenophobic attacks in that country.
The businessman, who is married to a South African with three children, said three shops at Portnolloth, a community in Northern Cape Province of South Africa, were looted during the attack.
Emehelu also said local authorities in the province came and took an inventory of the items stolen and destroyed, promising to pay him compensation.
He, however, said nothing had been done since then, adding that his family members were going through hard times.
Emehelu also said he had submitted all relevant documents to the South African authorities after the incident, adding that he was running a duly registered business outfit.
He also said officers from the Nigerian Mission in South Africa had visited his shops to take inventory.
``As I speak, I lost everything to the mob attack and I need government`s assistance to revive my business,’’ he said.
Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, said the body had compiled a list of Nigerians affected in the attacks and submitted it to the federal government through the Consul General. (NAN)