Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2019

Xenophobia attacks: Uneasy calm as protesters storm shoprites in Abuja

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By Stanley Onyekwere

In what seems as a retaliation against latest wave of Xenophobic attack in South Africa, some aggrieved youth yesterday took protest to Novera Gateway Mall and Jabi Lake Mall, that house both Shoprites chain of retail stores and other business outfits in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The protesters, stormed the popular retail outlet located along the Yar’Adua Express way, Lugbe, were restricted from unleashing mayhem on the facility, believed to be largely of South Africa interest.
Our correspondent reports that riot police squad swiftly prevented the protesters from gaining access to the place, forcing them to resort to burnfire some distance before the facilities, all in an attempt to revenge for the alleged killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
It was also gathered that heavy security surveillance around MTN head office in Maitama, the DSTv offices and other facilities where South Africans have interest.
Meanwhile, in a subtle reaction to the development, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello called on residents of the Territory not to carry out any retaliatory attacks on South African Nationals and business interests in the FCT over the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
The Minister assured that the Federal Government was already exploiting diplomatic channels to address this issue and appealed that residents should allow those efforts to succeed.
He informed residents that those South African business interests in the FCT are in partnership with Nigerian investors and are contributing to the economic development of the Territory.
According to him, attacking or vandalising them will ultimately have negative economic consequences for the Nigerian economy and employees of those organisations.
He also assured South African Nationals and business interests in the FCT of their safety adding that it was the pleasure of the FCT Administration to have them living and working in the Federal Capital Territory.
The Minister warned that law enforcement agencies have been mobilised to forestall any breakdown of law and order and that anybody instigating or participating in any acts of violence or vandalism will face the wrath of the law.
He therefore appealed to FCT residents to remain calm and go about their lawful activities.

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