NIGERIANS PROTEST XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS, LOOT MTN PROPERTIES

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[Abuja]–In what it appears like a reaction to the killings and hurting of Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa, some Nigerians have gone ahead to damage and do away with some properties at the MTN (a South Africa firm) office in Abuja.

The office which is located at 4 Madeira Street, Maitama, FCT, was stormed by hoodlums on Thursday, during the protest of some Nigerian students, under the aegis of National Association of Nigeria Students, to express their displeasure on the gruesome attacks meted out on Nigerians.

One of the workers at the office, who identified himself as Oscar, said, “I just heard people running; then, I started running to hide and by the time we came out after the security operatives chased them out, they have packed all the laptops we used to work, all the phones on display for sale. They broke some computers and took people’s personal phones and money.

The people got into the premises, broke the windscreen of a car and destroyed the doors to the reception; they were chanting anti-South African songs after they were chased outside the premises by security operatives,” he added.

The protesting students, led by their President, Aruna Kadiri, in a bid to register their anger, visited the South Africa High Commission, where they burnt the South Africa flag and stormed two South African firms, MTN and Multichoice.

At the South Africa High Commission, the protesting students issued a 48-hour ultimatum to South African nationals to leave Nigeria. They also urged the officials to cancel the dinner organised in honour of Regina Tambo, the co-founder of African National Congress Youth League.

The students later moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where their leader admonished the government to take concrete action to protect Nigerians in South Africa.

While addressing newsmen, Kadiri said: “We are demanding that they should break the ties between both countries if there are any because the xenophobic attacks that happened a long time ago have come again. We have decided to clear the madness with madness.”

Kadiri said they had burnt the South African flag at the High Commission to pass a message that “we don’t have a relationship with them any longer.

Within 48 hours, all South Africans in Nigeria should leave or else, we won’t be able to guarantee their security any more.”




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