MTN Closes Shops As Nigerians Carry Out Reprisal Attacks Over Killing Of Fellow Nigerians In South Africa
MTN telecommunications were today closed over fears of reprisal attacks over killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
At the MTN office at Dawson junction in Benin City, customers were not seen even as it was placed under lock and key.
Security personnel at the MTN office refused comments on why they did not open for business.
Several multi choice offices visited were closed as businesses were discreetly.
There were however no street protest in Benin City as at press time.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker representing Ovia Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Dennis Idahosa, said the ongoing attack of Nigerians in South Africa was an embarrassment to the world.
Idahosa, who is the Chairman, Legislative Compliance Committee, called on the South Africa government to urgently proffer solution to end the attacks in the country.
In a statement issued to newsmen in Bénin City, Idahosa said the attacks that have led to killings of many Nigerians and their properties either looted or burnt is highly condenmable.
Idahosa said the attacks could cause a strain in the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa if not checked.
He urged the people of South Africa to remember the role played by thegovernment of Nigeria during the Apartheid crisis.
According to him;
“The unfortunate news of continued killing, looting and burning of properties of Nigerians in South Africa by few criminals elements in that country should be condemn by all.”
“President Muhammadu Buhari must as a matter of urgency, meet with his South African counterpart to put a stop to this ugly menace.”
“South Africa must never forget that during the apathied period, Nigeria was there for them, we stood by them through thick and thing all though their trying period.”
“South Africa government should know that the cordial relationship that have always existed between the Nations is not allowed to be ruined by some few criminally minded individuals.”
“If we cannot be our own brothers keepers in even Africa soil, then who will outside the shore of the continent.”
“The attack is not only shameful but barbaric, and should be condemned by all lovers of the two nation as well as lovers of peace.”
In another development, MTN Nigeria, said it has confirmed attacks on its facilities in three major cities of Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo in Lagos, Oyo and Akwa Ibom states respectively, ostensibly in retaliation for ongoing xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.
Its Company Secretary, Uto Ukpanah, in a statement, explained that sequel to the attacks and the premium the firm has placed on its human capital and other stakeholders, all service centres and offices will remain shut.
Ukpanah said: “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.
“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 centres 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”.