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MTN shuts down all outlets in Nigeria…billboards attacked in Abuja

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TELECOM  giant, MTN Nigeria on Wednesday  announced the closure of all its outlets in the country as a security measure to counter attacks on its employees.

Uto Ukpan, Company Secretary MTN, in a statement made available on the website of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) condemned the acts of violence, prejudice and xenophobia which started on Monday in South African that has led to casualties and destruction of properties owned by Nigerians in the country.

MTN confirmed that since the attack, its facilities, customers and some of its stakeholders have been the subject of attacks in Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobia situation in South Africa.

“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,” the statement read.

The company also said they were engaging all relevant authorities to bring a stop to the attacks to reduce tensions both in South Africa and Nigeria.

“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.”

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In Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, angry mob on Wednesday attacked giant billboard of the telecommunication company along Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport road.

The ICIR reports that the mob removed the advert flex and set it ablaze.

 

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