Xenophobia: Nigerians attack S/Africa-owned supermarket in Lagos

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In the wake of the recurrent xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa, some Nigerians are staging a massive protest at Shoprite premises along the Lekki-Epe Expressway, which has led to huge traffic gridlock.

The protesters are calling for a shutdown of all businesses that are owned by South Africans in the country. Over the years, several Nigerians have been killed and their shops and businesses burnt down by South Africans in a series of Xenophobic attacks.

South Africans, since Thursday, August 29, had started another renewed spate of attacks had Angered that the South African government is not doing enough to stop the attack, some Nigerians, on Tuesday afternoon, September 3, stormed the South African owned super market along the Lekki-Epe Expressway calling for a complete shutdown of the business.

According to Sahara Reporters, the protesters who are largely made up of young Nigerians chanted songs of solidarity as they made their way into the place and eventually disrupted activities. T

he protesters, despite the presence of heavily-armed security personnel, ensured that they created tension at the place. An eyewitness who spoke with The Guardian claimed the protesters stormed the shopping mall outlet to vandalise it. She, however, added that security operatives have since moved to contain the situation, dispersing the irate youths with tear gas and gunshots. Another eyewitness who spoke with Premium Times, Gboyega Bashorun, said he was returning home from work when he noticed a raging inferno.

“I was coming back from work around 3:30 when I suddenly noticed a burning fire at the Shoprite by Jakande Bus-Stop,” Bashorun, a technical assistant, was quoted to have said. “I saw a raging fire and saw several police vans and other security people at the entrance.” “The Mobil and SPG gas stations nearby also closed their gates. I later gathered that it was a retaliation for what happened in South Africa,” he added. The newspaper adds that a video sent by Bashorun also showed wild smoke billowing over the supermarket’s premises from an apparent burning of tyres.

The police and other security personnel in Lagos have foiled an attempt by irate Nigerians to burn a Shoprite location in Lekki, Lagos, the newspaper also confirmed. The development has, however, led to a heavy traffic gridlock as motorists are being warned to, if there is any, take alternative routes.