Nigeria police to boost security at embassies, foreign businesses

05 September 2019 - 06:17 By Reuters
Security men are seen at the gate of Jabi Lake mall in Utako, Abuja, Nigeria September 4, 2019.
Security men are seen at the gate of Jabi Lake mall in Utako, Abuja, Nigeria September 4, 2019.
Image: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Nigerian police plan to boost security at embassies and foreign businesses in the country in the wake of violence targeted at South African-owned companies, the police said on Wednesday.

Violence erupted in Nigeria against South African companies in retaliation for attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa aimed at foreign-owned businesses.

MTN, and Shoprite closed their stores in Nigeria on Wednesday.  

Nigerians have taken to the streets of Lagos on September 3 2019 after the violence against foreign nationals in SA. Protesters targeted SA franchises such as Shoprite but failed to gain access as the military was deployed. This comes after deaths of foreign nationals in Johannesburg. SA companies such as MTN and MultiChoice have expressed their concern over the brewing tensions.

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