The ongoing protest against xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other nationals in South Africa took a tragic turn on Wednesday evening as an irate mob reportedly invaded the premises of Shoprite Mall in Festac.
Nigerianeye learnt that the angry mob arrived at the vicinity of the mall at about 5.00pm in the evening making attempts to gain entrance into the mall.
Though their attempt was met by strong resistance from police operatives, the angry protesters resorted to throwing broken bottles at the policemen who were deployed to man the premises.
Interactions by some young Nigerians who claim to reside in the Festac environ on Twitter revealed that they had made plans to invade the mall on Tuesday 3rd of September.
What happen, dey did not see Shoprite in Festac to burn??? 😪😪 I’ve had eyes on their Hennessy bottles for a while now 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— ♕BITCH_YOU_BROKE♕ (@mst_chocho777) September 3, 2019
Please you guys should keep me posted when you guys are about to hit festac shoprite. Please carry us along 🤷♂️🤷♂️ #SayNoToXenophobicAttacks #Xenophobia #SAShutdown #XenophobicAttack— CAPASTRANO (@real_capastrano) September 3, 2019
Already at festac shoprite with my bacobag waiting for Nigerians to come and disorganized there @Bennyblingzz1 @Charleylemar— Bobby ❌❌ (@AkoredeSabitu) September 4, 2019
Our Correspondent who visited the mall on Wednesday evening observed that a Police patrol vehicle belonging to the Lagos State Police Command was stationed at the entrance and pedestrians were not allowed into the vicinity of the mall. In the same vein, the Okada riders who are usually stationed were sent far away from the entrance.
“What is happening? Why are all these boys acting stupid? This is what poverty and ignorance can cause?” a motorist said.
South African businesses, including MTN, Shoprite and PEP had come under attacks by angry Nigerians since Tuesday in retaliation for xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
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