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Xenophobia: MTN Nigeria offices shut down nationwide

Leading South Africa owned telecom company, MTN Nigeria has announced a closure of all its service outlets and offices till further notice, a measure that is geared towards minimizing the impacts of the ongoing reprisal attacks targeting South Africa-linked establishments.

In a statement released on Wednesday, MTN Nigeria said it has confirmed attacks on its facilities in Lagos, Ibadan, and Uyo.

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“Over the last day, our facilities, customers and some of our stakeholders have been the subject of attacks in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobia situation in South Africa. We have confirmed reports of attacks in Lagos, Ibadan, and Uyo,” MTN stated.

“While we remain committed to providing uninterrupted services, the safety and security of our customers, staff and partners is our primary concern. All MTN stores and service centres will therefore be closed as a precaution until further notice.”

“MTN condemns any acts of violence, prejudice and xenophobia and remains absolutely committed to ensuring a peaceful, harmonious and respectful relationship with all communities in Nigeria and across Africa.”

“We are engaging all relevant authorities in this regard and urge them to act swiftly to reduce tensions both in South Africa and Nigeria. We will provide further updates as and when possible”, the statement from the telecom company read.

In an SMS it sent to its subscribers, MTN confirmed that its outlets are unavailable and directed seeking assistance to use its online assistance services.

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