Retaliation for Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.
A mob invaded Shoprite outlet in Lekki, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria following Xenophobic attack on Nigerians in South Africa.
The violent demonstration was in reaction to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa over the past two days. The attacks have angered many Nigerians who have called for a boycott of South African businesses, like Shoprite, operating in Nigeria. Shoprite staff, customers as well as others in the mall were thrown into a state of panic when a group started disruptive activities, knocking items off shelves.
A swift reaction from police officers then forced the protesters out onto the streets where they were filmed burning tyres and disrupting activities on the Lekki-Epe Expressway. Many were also reported to have thrown stones at the mall.
Another group of protesters demonstrated peacefully at Ikeja City Mall, Ikeja, which also houses a Shoprite outlet.
Police Van Burnt in Lagos
Police van burnt in Lagos
Officers of the Lagos State Police Command have shot dead an unidentified Nigerian outside Shoprite premises in Lekki, just as angry mob sets ablaze a police van over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
The victim was said to be one of the protesters, he was said to have been shot dead after an angry mob set a police van on fire during a protest on Tuesday 5th August 2019.
Policemen on ground had prevented them from gaining access into the mall but the protesters lit bonfires.
They also set up barricades around the complex, compounding the traffic situation along the ever-busy expressway.
Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana, said he could not confirm that one person had been killed.
“I cannot confirm that yet but I can assure you that we have deployed several officers to the scene to restore law and order.”
Elkana condemned the act put up by the youths, describing the attacks on the business outfits uncalled for.
“We have made massive deployment to all South African business outfits in the state, including MTN, Shoprite malls, and others, across the state.
“Also, the patrol team has been deployed to the scene. If not for the presence of our men at the scene, the youth would have set the building ablaze.
“These are rumors that cannot be substantiated. The youths are violent and that is why we have been deploying more men to the scene. The operation is still ongoing,” he said.