Xenophobia: MTN shuts down service centres in Nigeria over reprisal attacks

By David Olalekan.

Telecommunications giant, MTN, has announced the nationwide closure of all its outlets and service centres, following reprisal attacks on its facilities in Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo.

The telecoms company made the disclosure in a statement released today by its Secretary, Uto Ukpanah.

Ukpanah stated that the decision was taken in a bid to ensure the safety and security of its customers, staff and partners

“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”, the statement read.

Protesters had earlier stormed the streets of Abuja, tearing down banners bearing MTN wherever they were seen. A mast belonging to the telecoms company was also reportedly burnt.


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