The invasion of the Nigerian consulate general in Johannesburg by City Power and the Johannesburg Metro Police has been criticized by the Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa (NICASA).
“We would want to state our position on the dispute involving the general consulate in Johannesburg and the local City Power. According to the NICASA statement, “We condemn the unjustified measures by City Power and the Police cohort on the property of the Consulate of Nigeria. It is obvious that City Power intended to degrade and disgrace Nigeria and the local Nigerian population.
Furthermore, “It claimed that there couldn’t possibly be a good reason for the invasion of the general consulate.
The group described the action as “very regressive, xenophobic, and avoidable.” We anticipate that the governments of the two nations will firmly punish those accountable for this abhorrent conduct in order to prevent a repeat of it. NICASA would want to urge our citizens to maintain their composure. The consular general is handling the situation diplomatically, and a satisfactory resolution will be reached.
The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Missions was disrespected, according to the Nigeria Union Gauteng. The union reported that on January 18, City Power and the Johannesburg Metro Police broke into Nigeria’s diplomatic facilities in Johannesburg without first seeking authorization from the consulate general.
The union claimed in their statement that a similar incident took place on December 11, 2011, but consular authorities barred the supposedly heavily armed Bramley Police Station officers from entering.
It further stated that the union would be forced to organize the neighborhood for a peaceful demonstration if the situation recurred.