March 6, 2021

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Xenophobia: Irate Youths Destroy MTN Office In Akwa Ibom

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In a retaliatory action demonstrated by indigenes of Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday in Uyo, the State capital against incessant attacks, killings, destruction of means of livelihood of Nigerians living in South Africa by South Africans, some aggrieved youths staged a retaliatory action on South Africans and their business enterprise domiciled in the State.
The major attack was launched on a popular communication outfit and its properties owned by South Africans, (MTN) along Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo, were destroyed and business activity forcefully shut down.
When our correspondent visited the scene of the incident, the entire MTN business premises was full of broken glasses destroyed by angry youths of the State who claimed they are retaliating the Xenophobic attack launched by South Africans on Nigerians in their own country.
One of the staff who was seen around the premises, Mr. Edem Effiong, said the angry youths numbering up to seven, stormed the office with cutlasses, bottles, hammer and iron rods and forcefully ordered workers and everyone inside the office to vacate the place immediately.
“I saw heavily armed young men with different kinds of weapons dropped out of a tricycle and immediately sneaked into our office. They ordered everyone to vacate the office immediately and before we turn our eyes, our office computer, television, printers and other electronic devices were destroyed. Both customers and staff scampered for their safety. Because of this unfortunate incident, activities of the day were brought to an end indefinitely.”
“As a result of shock of the incident, one of our staff became unconscious and was taken to the hospital. These boys who created this havoc did not spend up to three minute inside the office. immediately they entered into the office; without wasting time started destroying all properties in the office and instantly zoomed off with a tricycle that was waiting outside for them”. He stated.
Mr. Effiong also alleged that properties worth millions of Naira in the office have been destroyed. He also explained that the boys who invaded the business premise said they would have razed down the entire building if not the fact that the building is a rented apartment by MTN.
When asked if the management of the MTN has informed the Police about the sad development, Mr. Effiong said that he has no idea about that, adding that both management and customers all scampered for their lives when the incident occurred.
A security guard who did not disclose his identity said that MTN in Nigeria has employed a lot of Nigerians, stressing that he is one of the Nigerians MTN has placed food on his table. He added that any action that would lead to the closure of the company would directly mean that many Nigerians would be unemployed.

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