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JUST IN: FG warns against attacks on foreigners, malls over xenophobia

The Federal Government has warned against attacks on foreigners, malls and business concerns in reprisals over Xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

It said reprisals were hurting more Nigerian investors than any other group.

The Federal Government also alerted Nigerians that fake videos were in circulation to inflame passion.

Apart from evacuation of stranded Nigerians in South Africa, it vowed to take more measures to protect them.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, made the Federal Government’s position known at a briefing, in Abuja.

The minister refused to entertain questions after the briefing.

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According to Mohammed, “We appeal to Nigerians who are angered by the xenophobic attacks on their compatriots in South Africa not to engage in reprisal attacks because such attacks hurt our own people more.

“We also want Nigerians to know that wrong videos and disinformation are being circulated on social media to inflame passion and distort the plight of Nigerians in South Africa.

“Nigerians should be wary of the purveyors of these wrong videos. We strongly warn hoodlums who may wish to hide under the peaceful protests by Nigerians to loot, maim and kill, that security agencies will apprehend and bring them to justice. And to opinion leaders, we ask that they be guarded in their comments,” the minister said.