BREAKING: Violence erupts at Shoprite in Ibadan

Violence has been reported after Nigerians besieged a Shoprite location in Ibadan on Tuesday evening.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that scores of Ibadan residents gathered outside the Palms Shopping Mall, New G.R.A., chanting xenophobic slogans and demanding that South African businesses leave Nigeria.

A witness said violence had broken out just before 6:00 p.m. outside the shopping mall.

Oyo police commissioner, Sina Olukolu, told PREMIUM TIMES Nigerians were expressing their displeasure against South African businesses as part of the recent xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa.

Still, he said, he had dispatched teams from several police units to the location to forestall the outbreak of violence.

“Our men are on the ground to protect the area and ensure that no serious damage is done to the building,” Mr Olukolu said.

Shoprite is a major South African retailer with presence across Nigeria. Attacks against its locations in Lagos have also been reported.

An MTN outlet in Akwa Ibom was also attacked on Tuesday. MTN, a South African telecoms company, is the largest mobile phone operator in Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari and his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, have both condemned the attacks and urged unity amongst all nationalities on the continent.

Mr Buhari also sent a special envoy to South Africa to assess the aftermath of the Monday attacks that left several Nigerian-owned businesses and properties burnt. South African police confirm at least five deaths in the attacks, adding that 70 arrests have been made since Monday.  (Premium Times)

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2 Comments on “BREAKING: Violence erupts at Shoprite in Ibadan”

  1. It is a shame that the two African countries leaders have allowed this to get this bad. That is the type of leadership in Africa, the very reason Africa remains at the backseat. Shame on African leaders, do we blame them, No? What do we expect with old cargos in power, never proactive unless things have gone out of hands.

  2. Nigerians have been too calm in retaliation. This is about the third time the South Africans are attacking us as a body, I mean an attack on one Nigerian is an attack on all irrespective of tribe and religion. It is time we teach them a lesson they will for long never forget in a haste. If this had happened during the late Gen Sani Abatcha by now America, UK and France would have been begging us to reduce the offensive. The time to strike is now , the time to chew granite so that tigernut that looks like stone will be afraid. Nigeria can’t suffer to get them out of apartheid yet suffer in body as goods. Enough is enough.

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