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Xenophobic attacks: MTN Nigeria shutdown offices nationwide - ITREALMS

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, trading under the name ‘MTN Nigeria’ has shut down its offices nationwide due to increasing reprisal tensions over the Xenophobic attacks on Africans, including Nigerians in South Africa, reports ITREALMS.

The management of MTN Nigeria confirmed this shutdown through the Short Messaging Service (SMS) to all subscribers numbering some 65 million.

The message from MTN read: ”Yello! Our shops are unavailable today. You can reach us on Twitter- @MTN180, MTNonline.com/Livechat, chat on MyMTN App. For Call Center dial 180. Thank you.”
ITREALMS investigations revealed that MTN has the largest subscriber base with 65,379,196 lines which stands at 38 per cent of all mobile phone subscribers in the country.

MTN had in the first quarter of 2019 attained some 2.1 million subscribers and which invariably doubled in the second quarter with the latest findings, according to the records of the Nigerian Communications Commission.

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ITREALMS recalled that series of attacks were meted on Nigerians and their businesses in South Africa early in the week from last weekend, following which the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, said the South African government was not doing enough to quash the attacks.

FG, also, summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Bobby Monroe, on Tuesday, who denied attacks targeted at Nigerians, saying it’s a sporadic violence which affected even South African businesses and individuals.

Precisely, the latest wave of violence against foreigners, began on August 28, with several businesses owned by Nigerians among other Africans destroyed and looted while those found on the streets had been physically assaulted, thus raised the fears of xenophobic attack.

Since the broke of latest violence in SA, some Nigerians in retaliation attempt to raze some South African owned companies in Nigeria, including MTN, Dstv and Shoprite to name a few.

However, the Federal Government had Tuesday warned that any attack on supposed South African firms in Nigeria will have negative effect on the country economy.

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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