Xenophobia: MTN closes all service centres, orders workers to stay home


MTN Nigeria, announced it has confirmed attacks on its offices in three major cities of Lagos, Ibadan, and Uyo in Lagos, Oyo, and Akwa Ibom states respectively, apparently in reprisal for ongoing xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.

Uto Ukpanah, the company secretary explained in a statement that sequel to the attacks and the premium the firm has put on its human capital and other stakeholders, all service centers and offices will remain closed.

The statement reads:

“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 xenophobia situation in South Africa.

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“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.

“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 we urge them to act swiftly to reduce tensions both in South Africa and Nigeria. We will provide further updates as and when possible”

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