Xenophobic Attack: Ekweremadu leads delegation to South Africa parliament

Nigeria Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, is leading a seven- member delegation of the Senate to South Africa following the ongoing Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians been attacked, injured and some burnt to death.

Senate president Senator Bukola Saraki announced the names at the opening of plenary on Wednesday, March 1. and members of the delegation are: Leader of the Senate; Senator Ahmad Lawan, APC, Yobe North; Senate Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, APC, Osun Central; Senator Shehu Sani, APC, Kaduna Central; Senator Magnus Abe, APC, Rivers East and Senator Stella Oduah, PDP, Anambra North.

It is recalled that the Senate resolved during plenary on Tuesday, to send a high-powered delegation of Nigerian lawmakers to the South African parliament, to stop the xenophobic attacks by both the South African police and other South Africans on Nigerians.

A move on Tuesday, published by Senator Rose Oko, PDP, Cross River North and titled; "Resurgence of Xenophobic Attacks and Extra-judicial Killings of Nigerians in South Africa," was co- sponsored by three other Senators.

The Senator expressed concerns following the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. No February 18, she said that South Africans attacked and looted businesses belonging to Nigerians in Pretoria, pointing out that the acts violated Article 5 of the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights which she said provided that "no one shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment," and also recalled that in 2016, 20 Nigerians were killed under similar circumstances over allegations of drug trafficking without a recourse to legal processes and the principle of fair hearing.

The Senate however, has begun the confirmation hearing of acting chief justice of Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen whose name was sent to the Senate by the acting president Yemi Osinbajo in a letter to the upper house of legislature last week.