UPDATED:Xenophobia: MTN shuts down all stores, service centres across Nigeria

MTN Nigeria office
MTN Nigeria office

Telecoms giant, MTN, has shut all its stores and service centres across Nigeria.

This, the company said, is to protect its customers and staff, following attacks on its facilities in “Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo.”

PREMIUM TIMES reported the attack on an MTN facility in Uyo on Tuesday.

The MTN company secretary, Uto Ukpanah, announced in a statement that “all MTN stores and service centres will therefore be closed as a precaution until further notice.”

MTN, like other South African businesses in Nigeria, has come under attack since Tuesday as Nigerians retaliated xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

The federal government has cautioned against such retaliatory attacks, saying that they are already exploiting diplomatic channels to address the issue.

Other South African-linked businesses that have been attacked in Nigeria include retail stores, Shoprite and PEP.

MTN is Nigeria’s largest mobile phone company. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) reported that MTN has the highest number of voice and internet subscription with

Since the Xenophobic attack, Nigeria has made two major demands from South Africa.

The Nigerian government has demanded “compensation for those who have suffered loss” and a “security proposal that will safeguard the security of Nigerians in the future.” This demand was revealed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, in an interview with journalists.

On Wednesday, a presidency source said Nigeria had recalled its Ambassador to South Africa, Kabiru Bala, and pulled out of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa holding in Cape town from 4-6 September.

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, was to represent Nigeria at the forum.

According to News Agency Nigeria (NAN), the decision was made after President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Osinbajo and Mr Onyeama brainstormed on the raging xenophobic attacks of Nigerians in South Africa.


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