MTN Nigeria offices and service outlets have reopened following a two-day closure, occasioned by reprisal attacks in the wake of xenophobic killings and destruction of property of Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa.
Some MTN facilities in Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo were attacked during protests against xenophobic attacks carried out on Nigerians living in South Africa. Other shops including Shoprite and PEP were also affected.
According to sources within the company, some outlets were opened on Friday for operational reasons.
Due to the attacks, MTN Nigeria announced a closure of all its service outlets and offices.
According to a stement earlier issued at the height of the attacks, “MTN Nigeria Communications PLC confirms that over the last day, our facilities, customers and some of our stakeholders have been the subject of attacks in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobic situation in South Africa.
“We have confirmed reports of attacks in Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo. 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 company, which is Nigeria’s largest telecommunications company, condemned acts of xenophobia and urged a respectful relationship across Africa.
“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.”