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Students Shut Down Shoprite In Ogun Over Xenophobia In South Africa

The National Association of Nigerian Students
(NANS), on Saturday, shut down South Africa’s
grocery chain, Shoprite, at Ota in Ogun State.
The students picketed the shopping mall to
protest what they described as unrestrained
xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
Scores of young Nigerians residing in South Africa
have been brought home in body bags in recent
years, having been killed in apparent xenophobic
attacks in the former apartheid nation.
The Shoprite mall was shut down around 11:10
a.m. in the presence of policemen with shoppers
hurriedly ordered out of the mall.
The students carried placards with inscriptions:
“South Africans must go. Enough of the killing of
our brothers, sisters and relatives in South Africa.
You can’t continue to kill our people and still feed
fat on us’’.
Speaking with reporters, the National Public
Relations Officer of NANS, Mr Azeez Adeyemi, said
that “NANS’ leadership under its President, Mr
Danielson Bamidele, has resolved to champion the
struggle of putting sense back into lawless South
Africans.
“It seems the government of South Africa derives
pleasure from the senseless killings and sees the
continuous xenophobic attacks on Nigerians
residents in South Africa as a norm.
“NANS’ struggle against xenophobia has moved
beyond ordinary street protests.
“Our target now is to mobilise Nigerian students
and Nigerians towards truncating the smooth
running of South African businesses in Nigeria.
“We shall resume here at Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC,
MTN and Multichoice on August 14 for a total
shut down. This is a struggle that will continue
until the victory of purpose is achieved,” Adeyemi
said.
On August 5, students shut down MTN and
Stanbic IBTC Bank offices in Abeokuta to voice
their anger over the relentless killing of Nigerians
in South African cities.
Up to 800,000 Nigerians, mainly young people
reside in South Africa, according to unofficial
estimates.
No fewer than 128 Nigerians have been killed in
the country since 2016, many of them murdered
by South African policemen.
However, some of the Nigerians were reportedly
killed by fellow Nigerians in gang violence linked
to hard drug peddling.

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