Nigerians Attack South African Owned Supermarket, Shoprite, In Lekki (photos&video)
Shoprite outlet along the Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lagos has been partially shut down by angry protesters, who stormed the place on Tuesday. The protesters are calling for a shutdown of all businesses that are owned by South Africans in the country.
The protesters, who were made up of young Nigerians, chanted songs of solidarity as they made their way into the place and eventually disrupted activities despite the heavily-armed security personnels.
The protest resulted from the recent attacks on Nigerians and other African migrants in South Africa since August 28. Over the years, several Nigerians have been killed and their shops and businesses burnt down by South Africans in a series of Xenophobic attacks. Since Wednesday August 28, South Africans started another renewed spate of attacks, burning down and looting shops owned by Nigerians.
An alleged altercation with the police has reportedly claimed the live of one of the protesters. An eyewitness who spoke with Premium Times, Gboyega Bashorun, said he was returning home from work when he noticed a raging inferno. He said:
I was coming back from work around 3:30 when I suddenly noticed a burning fire at the Shoprite by Jakande Bus-Stop.
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.
According to reports, an unidentified person was shot dead outside the Shoprite premises where the protest was taken place. A witness who described the victim as a protester said he was killed after an angry mob set a police van on fire during the protest.
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