Breaking: MTN shuts down stores, service centers in Nigeria following attacks on facilities

Telecom giant, MTN, has said on Wednesday it will close all stores and service centres in Nigeria until further notice after its facilities in three cities were attacked, Reports.

The company said some of its facilities were attacked after days of riots in South Africa which were targeting foreign-owned, including Nigerian, businesses.

The company in a statement said: “MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN) 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. 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 urge them to act swiftly to reduce tensions both in South Africa and Nigeria. We will provide further updates as and when possible.”