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Xenophobia: MTN Service Centres Closed, Workers Ordered To  Stay Home 
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Xenophobia: MTN Service Centres Closed, Workers Ordered To Stay Home 

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

MTN Nigeria has confirmed it has closed all of its outlets in the country after attacks on its offices in Lagos, Ibadan, and Uyo.

The attacks on the telecommunications company were apparently a reprisal for the ongoing xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.

MTN, a South African owned franchise was attacked yesterday by Nigerian youths who went all out to vent their frustration on businesses linked to the country.

Shoprite supermarts in several parts of the country, as well as Pep stores, also suffered the same fate.

In reacting to the attacks, MTN has now decided to close their offices for the safety of its customers and staff.

“MTN Nigeria Communications Plc 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." a statement by the company's secretary, Uto Ukpanah read.

“We have confirmed reports of attacks in Lagos, Ibadan, and Uyo.

“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 centers will, therefore, be closed as a precaution until further notice.

“MTN 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 we urge them to act swiftly to reduce tensions both in South Africa and Nigeria. We will provide further updates as and when possible.