Vic­tim of xeno­pho­bic at­tack seeks FG help

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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)

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