Xenophobic attacks: Militants give MTN, DSTV, other South African firms 31 days to leave Nigeria


A coalition of Niger Delta militant groups have given one month ultimatum to the Nigerian government to shut down all South African-owned companies in the country or there would be unprecedented attacks on the firms and their nationals.

The militants groups – Niger Delta Watchdogs (NDW), Niger Delta Volunteers (NDV) and Niger Delta Strike Force (NDSF), were reacting to the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and their businesses in South Africa.

In a letter addressed to the South African Embassy, in Abuja, signed by leaders of the three militant groups, General John Dike (NDW), General Ekpo Ekpo (NDV) and General Hart Bradford (NDSF), after an emergency meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the groups said: “We want to state that the recent attacks (on Nigerians in South Africa) will mark the end of this nonsense because we will not fold our arms and allow this to continue.

According to the letter titled ‘Attack and killings of Nigerians living in South Africa’, the militants listed 18 South African companies, including MTN, Multi-choice, Shoprite, Eskom Nigeria, South African Breweries (SAB Miller), Umgeni Water and Refresh Product.

Others, according to the letter, are LTA Construction, Protea Hotels, Critical Rescue International, Global Outdoor Semces, PEP Retail Stores, Woolworths Holdings Limited, Truworths International Limited, Clover Industries, Oracle, Power Giant and AirTime.

The letter read: “Our attention has been drawn to the series of unprovoked attacks, looting, shutting down of business premises/offices own by Nigerians, killings and maiming of Nigerian nationals living in South Africa. It is now clear that the attack, which the South African police are shielding the criminals and even joining them in looting and killing Nigerians, shows that South African government wants to eliminate Nigerians in her territory by all means.

“How can you explain a situation where the police clobbered defenceless Nigerian citizens to death without any provocation?

“It is on record that the South African government and her citizens has the highest number of businesses in Nigeria.

“However, they have been going about their normal businesses, peacefully, making huge profits and living in a very friendly environment with us and enjoying the highest patronage without any form of attacks while our people in South Africa has been unjustly subjected to torture, killings, looting of their belongings as well as burning down of their business premises/apartments.

“We want to state that the recent attack will mark the end of this nonsense because we would not fold our arms and allow this to continue.

“Therefore, we call on the Nigerian government to immediately close down all the business premises owned by South Africans.

“Failure to close down these companies within one month, we shall mobilise in full force and commence massive attack on above-mentioned South African-owned investments in Nigeria.

“We shall also make sure that all MTN masts and offices are brought down.

“We shall strike any property and persons from South Africa within our reach; we will bring down Multi-choice (DStv), Shoprite and others. We will not fold our arms and watch you (South Africans) slaughter our people like chickens for no just cause. We are fully prepared, our professional fighters are already strategizing. South Africans must be crushed in Nigeria; our people must be free from these wicked agents.

“One month ultimatum is enough for South Africans to relocate and leave Nigeria; we also warn all Nigerians patronising South Africans to desist on the expiration of the one month notice to avoid unavoidable casualties. To be fore-warned is to be fore-armed. Enough is enough,” they added.

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  1. South Africans are starting war among Africans......may God help Africans cus this get out of hand

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  2. Tit for tat should be game and no more, no less. That is how bullies are tamed.

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    1. Correction: .... should be "the" game

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  3. It is sad that things are turning out this way, what is very unfortunate and disappointing is the way the South African government is handling this whole situation. I just hope that the situation does not degenerate this far.

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  4. I'm a Liberian living in Liberia, but myself too in the hunt of any south African. They forgot soon what Africa especially West stands for during their apathetic period. The south African are animals and selfish xenophobia, they need to be kill in West africa like chicken and dog.

    I'm fully in support of you guys to eliminate all the south African in Nigeria. If you guys need any support in term of manpower I'm ready to recrute enough manpower from my end. Viva revolution

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  5. You do realize that the xenophobic attacks are black on black violence but you have targetted white owned companies that have little to do with xenophobia in South Africa and buy starting a war far more people will die. The SA government condemns Xenophobic attacks regardless of the outcome. This movement is idiotic and will further ruin your economy making life even worse for you and other african nations.

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    1. If the Government condemned this act of barbarism, it will ne er happened. The West was the worst in such acts. But when they were ready to put an end on it, they succeed. Why not South Africa?

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    2. Nonsense,you South Africans think u can keep doing this to your own brothers and sisters without anyone standing up to you?Foolish people,how can you beat a Ghanaian or Nigerian living in your country because they want to put food on the table for their families back home? Somebody must stand up to u and happy somebody is because if nobody stands up to u ,this stupid act of yours will never stop.you people are a disgrace to humanity

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    3. Its time people take revenge against south africans, how would u attribute killings of foreign nationals to illiteracy, its not good enough excuse for the killings. South africans need too be left alone forwign nationals need to pull out fast and lets leave them to their detriment.

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    4. If truly SA Government conderm xenophobia attack, why did local authorities (Police) fold their arms at every attack... SA Government is lucky that am not the current Nigerian President, I would have unleash a terror war on SA and make your whole people history..... Now u've been warned... Leave Nigeria NOW

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  6. I totally agree with you. South Africans are the worst heartless people in Africa. We should wipe them from the map. They should thank God and embrace other African countries for standing for them in gaining their freedom and welcome us with open arms and hearts in their communities. But instead they reject us.

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    1. Please not all South Africans are heartless. I live peacefully with my Nigerian neighbours in our suburb. And I attend church with Ghanaians and Nigerians also Zimbabweans. We are not all the same. Those south Africans who has been looting and killing foreigners are unemployed uneducated crooks.

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    2. True, not all South Africans are doing this, but I blamed all because they are not reacting against this. Why can't the mass population step out and give pressure to the Government to end this human butchering that is going on in your country? This is very unfair. What is Jacob Zuma doing? Just sitting in there watching his people brutalised their own African brothers and sisters. Their own brothers and sisters who stood up with them in their fight to end Apartheid.

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  8. Something definitely wrong with us niggaz we don't like each other,we murder our own may THE ALMIGHTY GOD HAVE MERCY ON US

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  9. Zimbabweans must start attacking s.a citizens and businesses in zim. It's time for revenge.

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  10. Please MTN should lead the way for other south african countries to leave nigeria asap. Look at small south africa, behaving like animals, africa needs to set them apath and leave them to their vices. We do not need these creatures. Their own is too much and south africans should start leaving nigeria asap, the nugerian ambassador to sa should be recalled and theirs sent back to them, we do not need them we would be fine without them, and these useless omotola jalade ekeinde and omoni oboli u guys are judas iscarriots, u are going to party in sa, kontinu. Nigerians to be alive is better than being killed by these sa pple, come home and God would make another means of provisoin for you, do now hang in there, south africans are going down.

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  11. South Africans were slaughtered in central Africa no one said anything,I hear people saying Nigerians were slaughtered here,but no one knows the number.shuttinng down companies that pay tax in your country is not injury to South Africa. People are being misled by media,the attack started at the outskirts of the city,where group of foreign nationals were selling drugs unfortunately the March got outah of hand because group of angry concern citizens discovered that many foreign nationals are in the same business,they open a saloon as a facade and sell drug backdoor.we have extremist in every good call,so some criminals saw a strike as an opportunity to steal and hurt foreign nationals.

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    1. So no police to arrest people doing illegal businesses? Marunders should be killing any body perceived to be suspect at will.
      Government mastemasterminded the whole thing by promising jobs and failed. Created impressions that foreigners were the cause of high unemployment.

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    2. Not one single Nigerian was slaughtered as far as I know

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  13. So it's fine for Nigerians(brothers) to sell drugs n promote prostitution in South Africa?

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    1. What do you mean rubbish?

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    2. We condemned the Bavarian act of stupid people who acting wrongly to kill and loot the from our African brother's. However we can allow Nigerian those selling drugs and human truffucking to continue to destroy our people especialy the youth and destroy this beautiful country.wewant to live with them at peace.south Africa is for all Africans who willing to make a clean living,contribute to the economy and making a desert living to heldp back home

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  14. White media is setting us up.
    South Africans closed Down 6 houses which were used as drugs counters and brothels owned by Nigerians,now Nigerians wants to close down legitimate south Africans companies which have employed Nigerians in Nigeria....That's classic.We love our fellow Africans brother but we can't be bullied to accept their criminal activities as right things to south African society...We don't hear Nigerians advising their fellow brothers to earn an honest living .South Africa communities have no sorry for criminals,they are not soft on criminals including south African criminals...

    South African can recall it's companies but who will suffer more at the end of the day ?

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    1. I am from Gabon. Zuma failed South Africa and Africa. Your government is relying on xenophobia to fight crime when police are useless and out of control. That is the truth. I stand with Nigerians and all other foreign countries that have nationals who died in the hands of savage South Africans. ANC died with Mandela. What is under Zuma's leadership is a party that has nothing to do with Madiba. "Losers find excuses."

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    2. If drug dealing was the case, is there no rule of law in SA? Why can't the law makers do their job rather than the civilians taking the laws in their own hands?

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    3. Am quite sure this guy is one of the idiots attacking other nationalities.... Is I smell the presence of ur air in Nigeria, u won't just die but suffer in agony b4 u die.... Idiotic fellow

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  15. how does killing fellow South Africans solve the problem,i think these rebels should be the last people to talk about justice.It is sad that fellow Africans were attacked in South Africa. But we should be looking at ways to prevent this from occurring again

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    1. You are a fool they should leave or blood will flow maybe you are one of them are you happy the way Nigeria economy is going if you are using MTN start now to calculate all the recharge cards you have bought and multiple it by 5 million people and tell me where the money is going south Africa all this people are using what our young men are supposed to be enjoying in European countries no foreigner can come and open such companies in Nigeria our own case is different and we all will regret this if nothing is done about it the corruption is too much we can't continue like this been a looser until Jesus Christ comes.

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  17. Nigerian delta militants I support you go ahead and make sure they leave even that (DSTV) IS bringing down nollywood films and actors and actresses let them live so Nigerian youth can be empowered I beg you guys not to take money from anyone please do this for the younger generation may God guide you as you fight for justice Amen.

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