Xenophobic attacks: Police save Shoprite in Lagos, foil attempt to burn store

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The attempt to burn a Shoprite location in Lekki, Lagos has been foiled by personnel of Nigerian police and other security personnel. The incident occurred on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 3 at the Shoprite outlet by Jakande bus-stop.

According to a resident of the area, the police foiled attempt to burn the commercial centre. “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, told Premium Times.

“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.

According to the news outlet, Bala Elkana, spokesperson for the police in Lagos, did not return requests for comments about the development.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched a special envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa his deep concerns over reported attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since Aug. 29. Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, who confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said the Envoy would also interact with his South African counterpart on the situation.