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Nigerians Their Hands, Attack Shoprite, MTN Interest

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Some Nigerians on Tuesday decided to the law into their hands by retaliating against the interest of South Africa in the country with uncoordinated attacks carried out on Shoprite in Lekki, MTN offices in Apapa and Akwa Ibom.
An eyewitness who shared her account said some youth invaded the shopping mall outlet in Lekki to vandalise it.
She added that security operatives have since moved to contain the situation, dispersing the irate youths with tear gas and gunshots.
Also, there were reported cases of vandalisation of MTN offices in Apapa and Uyo, in Akwa ibom by irate youth protesting the killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
The ongoing spate of violence in South Africa has seen the destruction of more than 50 mainly foreign-owned shops and business premises.
South African police minister Bheki Cele dismissed reports the ongoing attacks were xenophobic.
“Xenophobia is just an excuse that is being used by people to commit criminal acts,” he told reporters on Monday afternoon. “It is not xenophobia, but pure criminality.”
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari sent an envoy to South Africa on Tuesday to “express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens”.
In a statement, the country’s high commission in South Africa described the situation as “anarchy”. The government alleges that Nigerian-owned businesses were targeted in Johannesburg and it has called on Nigerians to come forward to report what has happened to them.

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