I’ve never faced this type of racism – BBN’s Jeff cries out after being detained at South African airport

Big Brother Naija 2019 star, Jeff Bankz, has revealed that he was detained for three hours at the O.R Tambo International Airport in South Africa.

He decried the level of stereotyping an racism he faced at the hands of the immigration officers who decided to hold him and some other Nigerians for no reason.

BBNaija Jeff South Africa

In a lenghty post on Twitter, Jeff puzzled by his bitter experience posed serious questions to South African authorities for their action to wards Nigerian citizens.

He wrote; “Dear Nigerians, I’ve just arrived South Africa for the first time. I’ve never been treated with such racism from immigration officers (anywhere in the world) speak more of my African brothers than the way I was treated &retained/held for no reason for more than 3 hours today at…

O.R Tambo International Airport along side a few other Nigerians. From the tone and words being exchanged. It was nothing short of these Xenophobic Immigration officers using their assigned office to oppress us Nigerians.

Each of us had to find contacts to get these immigration officers to release us . And it boggled the minds of our contacts as to why we were even being retained in the first place seeing as all our documentation were in place.

I’ve never been treated in such lowly manner in my entire life. And what’s worse ? Because I’m Nigerian? So I ask, Why do some South Africans, our brothers and sisters hate/detest us so much ?

When they come to our home in Nigeria, we treat them as distinguished guests. Do we not? And to think I was so excited to come to SA believing that I’d get the same brotherly and sisterly treatment I’ve gotten in all the other African states I’ve visited! I’m appalled, no I’m sad, no I’m disappointed, no, I don’t really know how I feel.

I’ve left their custody just now. But my heart bleeds that my brothers (Immigration Officer Ditshabe, Officer Chauke and Officer Mashego) would use the powers of their office to oppress their African brothers and sisters simply because we are Nigerian. #SAYNOTOXENOPHOBIA”.

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