Other Africans commit crime in South Africa claiming to be Nigerians

Other Africans commit crime in South Africa claiming to be Nigerians

A non-career ambassadorial nominee for Nigeria, Commodore Yusuf Jonga Hinna (rtd) recently alleged that Ghanaians and citizens of other African countries have obtained Nigeria’s international passports, some of whom commit crimes with the country’s identity.

These allegations confirms an event that recently took place in Randburg, Johannesburg where a white South African refused to rent office to a Nigerian, claiming a Nigerian pastor owed him rent running into thousands of Rands.

Investigation by nigeriansinsouthafrica.co.za reveals that the said pastor is a Ghanaian and not a Nigerian.

There is also popular blanket description of many African immigrants in South Africa as Nigerians.

A Congolese Electrical Engineer anonymously confessed that many South Africans call him “My Nigerian brother”.

Many Cameroonians and Senegalese in South Africa are described as Nigerians because they share similar physical and cultural features with Nigerians.

Even when some Africans are arrested without identity documents, they lie to the police that they are Nigerians.

The ambassadorial nominee during his screening by the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, told members of the panel that some crimes committed around the world were by nationals of other African countries with Nigerian passports.

While fielding questions from members of the committee, he said if he received his posting, he would embark on a continuous screening exercise to determine true citizenship and eligibility for obtaining Nigerian passport.

Responding to concerns on how he would confront the xenophobic attacks in South Africa if he was posted to the country, the nominee said he would engage the country’s government to stop the harassment of Nigerians living there.

He said, “There are dislikes against Nigerians in South Africa. When Nigerians arrive (in the country), police dogs are used to sniff them at the airports. If I am sent to such a country, I will engage the government so as to stop unwanted harassment”.

He revealed more thus: “However, I recall that some Africans such as Ghanaians were arrested and they were carrying Nigerian passports. There is abuse off our green passports. There are security challenges and we have to tackle them”.

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