The Nigerian Community in South Africa said a member, identified as Desmond, was stabbed and almost set ablaze during a xenophobic attack in Rustenberg, North-West Province area.

Mr Adetola Olubajo, the President of Nigerian Union, South Africa, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday.

He said, “Desmond is a Nigerian hair piece hawker in Rustenberg, North West Province of South Africa.”

“He was attacked on Feb. 14 and sustained multiple injuries. He was rescued when he was about to be set ablaze after being wet with petrol,” Olunajo said.

He added, “Nigerians and their families told us that the situation is very dangerous and that their lives are not safe.

“They also alleged that some group of people were abducting Nigerians and requesting money to bail themselves.

“A Nigerian who couldn’t pay was murdered last month. This same group also looted businesses of foreign nationals, Nigerians in particular.’’

Olubajo noted that there was need for the mission and government to intervene in the matter to avoid further loss of lives and properties of Nigerians.

“There is need for the Nigerian government to engage with its counterpart in South Africa. It’s not correct that those who were attacked and killed are criminals.

“Such statements are misinformation and misleading,’’ he said.