Protesters demand SA citizens, businesses leave Nigeria

The National Association of Nigeria Students says it has given SA citizens 48 hours to get out, otherwise the attacks will continue.

The MTN office in Abuja, Nigeria after being vandalised by protesters. Picture: @ubaniraymond/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Protesters in Nigeria have on Thursday demanded that South African citizens and businesses leave the country.

Earlier, they vandalised the head office of mobile giant MTN in Abuja, in retaliation for anti-Nigerian violence in Gauteng.

The National Association of Nigeria Students says it has given citizens of this country 48 hours to get out, otherwise the attacks will continue.

While MTN has not provided details of today's incident, the telecoms company has called for people to exercise restraint and remain calm.

MTN says in a statement that it is concerned by attacks on non-nationals both in South Africa and in Nigeria.

The company has however not been available to provide further details on the incident earlier on Thursday in Abuja.

A group of anti-xenophobia protesters reportedly attacked MTN’s call centre at their offices and stole equipment including cellphones.

One report cites an official saying several customers were also attacked.

Gauteng police say they will be on high alert during the march against immigrants in Pretoria on Friday.

Meanwhile, Abuja has summoned South Africa’s ambassador to explain the ongoing xenophobic violence.

Zambia and Pakistan have also warned their citizens living in South Africa to be cautious because of the ongoing attacks.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)