Union seeks fed govt’s support for Nigerian fire victims in SA

The Nigeria Union South Africa has appealed to the Federal Government to assist eight Nigerians who lost their property and vital documents to fire incident on Monday in Pretoria Central.

Mr Adetola Olubajo, the Secretary-General of the union, told NAN on telephone in Lagos that the fire incident at Bosman Street, Pretoria Central, consumed property of Nigerians.

Olubajo said that vital documents like birth certificates, passports and other travelling documents were lost to the inferno.

“The union appeals to the Federal Government to urgently intervene. These Nigerians need new passports, because it will assist them to access other documents.

“We are rallying to provide them with relief materials because they are stranded. They lost everything to the fire,” Olubajo said.

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A victim, Mr Abdulfatah Odunuwu, also told NAN that the fire started from the flat of a Zimbabwean and spread to other flats in the compound.

“I returned from work and noticed that there was smoke everywhere.

“I moved my family away from the building and also assisted in saving a Zimbabwean child and father who were stranded in their flat.

“We lost vital documents like passports, electrical appliances, medical reports, academic papers and household property.

“We appeal to the Federal Government to assist by giving us new passports to enable us to retrieve other documents we lost,” he said.

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