Xenophobia attacks: Shoprite, PEP shut as police take over mall, MTN outlets in Nigeria
With the waves of attacks on South African businesses in various parts of Nigeria in alleged retaliation over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians by South Africans, Shoprite and PEP outlets in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Wednesday shut its doors on customers over fear of attack.
Also to prevent that South African stores in the state are not attacked, policemen took over the Akure Shopping Mall, which houses Shoprite and PEP stores.
The shopping mall located on Oda road in the state capital had its main gate shut as workers with other stores within the mall were thoroughly screened through a narrow gate by security agents.
Some of the staff were seen showing their identity cards to the policemen at the narrow entrance meant those on foot as they move in and out of the facility.
The policemen, who mounted patrol vans around the mall, turned back customers who were stunned with the heavy security presence as well as the closure of the stores.
Also, major MTN offices in the state capital have been closed down and taken over security agents.
A dispatched of armed policemen were seen at the MTN office along the Oja Oba area mounting different strategic locations.