Police Beef Up Security At Abuja Mall Amid Anger Over Xenophobia

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Police officers at the entrance of Jabi mall, Abuja on Wednesday, September 4,2019. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The police in Abuja on Wednesday beefed up security at the Jabi Mall in the nation’s capital amid the anger over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

The heavy security presence follows a planned protest at Jabi area on Wednesday morning.

Channels Television, however, met a heavy presence of anti-riot policemen at the scene in place of the protesters.

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The security officers were stationed around the shopping complex and were seen doing security search on those coming into the mall.

See more photos of the security presence below:






 

Attack On Shoprite In Lagos

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has condemned in strong terms the attack on Shoprite complexes at Jakande and Sangotedo area of the city, over response to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and foreigners in South Africa.

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The State government said in a statement that the attacks were contrary to the Nigerian spirit of accommodation and benevolence.

“These attacks are condemned as they are against the Nigerian spirit of accommodation and benevolence that the country in general and Lagos State, in particular, is noted for.

The federal government is in dialogue with South African authorities to stop this obnoxious act. We appeal to our compatriots to eschew violence and any unlawful acts.”

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The statement adds that the state government remains committed to providing a conducive atmosphere where businesses are conducted without hindrances.

It says security agencies have been directed to ensure that law and order prevail in all parts of the state as Lagosians are advised to go about their activities without any fear.

 

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