By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The management of MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has announced the closure of all its stores and centres across the country over the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The telecommunications giant, in a statement issued to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), stated that it decided to shut down its stores because of retaliatory attack on its facilities in Nigeria.
In the statement, MTN Nigeria confirmed that its facilities in Lagos, Ibadan (Oyo State) and Uyo (Akwa-Ibom State) were touched by some angry Nigerians, who were not happy with violent attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
“MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN) confirms that over the last day our facilities, customers and some of our stakeholders have been the subject of attacks in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobia situation in South Africa. We have confirmed reports of attacks in Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo,” the statement said.
It said further that, “While we remain committed to providing uninterrupted services, the safety and security of our customers, staff and partners is our primary concern.”
“All MTN stores and service centres will therefore be closed as a precaution until further notice,” MTN Nigeria declared in the statement.
Commenting further, MTN Nigeria said it “condemns any acts of violence, prejudice and xenophobia and remains absolutely committed to ensuring a peaceful, harmonious and respectful relationship with all communities in Nigeria, and across Africa.”
“We are engaging all relevant authorities in this regard and urge them to act swiftly to reduce tensions both in South Africa and Nigeria. We will provide further updates as and when possible,” the firm said.
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