Angry Nigerians burn down MTN office, stage protest at Shoprite, Stanbic Bank (Video)
Following the recent attacks and killings of some Nigerians in South Africa in another round of xenophobic attacks which started on Sunday, September 1, some angry Nigerian youths have been carrying out reprisal attacks on businesses that have been traced to South African investors in the country.
The likes of Shoprite, DSTV and MTN have been at the receiving end with the latest being the MTN office located at Bodija, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, which was burnt down by the angry protesters.
32 FM 94.9, Ibadan reports that the MTN office located along the Bodija-Secretariat Road was burnt by the angry Nigerians who stormed the office some minutes before 9pm on Tuesday, September 3.
It was gathered that while the office of the company was smoldering, some hoodlums seized the opportunity to loot properties belonging to the company.
It was, however, gathered that security agencies have been deployed to restore normalcy and forestall further attacks.
It was also reported that while the mob was attacking the MTN office, another group staged a peaceful protest at the Dugbe, Ibadan branches of Shoprite and Stanbic IBTC Bank over the killing of Nigerians in South Africa.
The youths numbering over 50, stormed Shoprite around 5pm to register their displeasure over the rising killing of Nigerian citizens in South Africa.
An eyewitness said the protest did not disturb the activities at the mall and did not disturb operation of the company though they caused a stir in the entire shopping mall which houses several other retailers and the historic Cocoa House.
On sighting the protesters, the management of Odu’a Investments Limited which owns the property was said to have alerted the state police command which quickly drafted its men to the premises.
The youths moved over to the nearby branch of Stanbic IBTC Bank after their short protest at Shoprite. Their stay at the latter was said to have lasted for only about 15 minutes before moving over to the bank.
Watch the video of the MTN office which was burnt on Tuesday here:
MTN Office at Bodija burnt down. Security Operatives just arrived. . What is the way forward? . #Xenophobia #32fm #32fmIbadan #Ibadan #SayNoToXenophobia https://t.co/9C2fyS8z3w
Meanwhile, other Shoprite locations in other parts of Africa have been getting the same treatments with the one in a location in Zambia also vandalized according to a Ghanain-based journalist, Ameyaw Debrah who posted the video on Twitter.
South African shops are being vandalized also in parts of Zambia #SayNoToXenophobia https://t.co/FrwVHEpWoP