LASG Condemns Attacks On Shoprite Malls
By Olamide Fadoju
The Lagos State Government has condemned the reprisal attacks on Shoprite complexes at Jakande and Sangotedo area of the state.
The attacks carried out by some unidentified persons targeted malls which were perceived to be owned by South Africans.
In a statement made available by the Lagos state Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, the attacks were condemned because they were against the Nigerian spirit of accommodation and benevolence that the country and Lagos State, in particular, are known for.
It also said, the Federal Government is in dialogue with South African authorities to put a stop to Xenophobia and pleaded with Nigerians to shun violence and unlawful acts.
It further expressed the Government’s commitment to providing a conducive environment for businesses and said that security agencies have been directed to ensure that law and order prevail in all parts of the State.
Meanwhile, The Nigerian Police Force has deployed Security operatives to contain the situation across malls and other businesses owned and operated by South Africans in Lagos State.
Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos, Bala Elkana while speaking in an exclusive interview with Nigeria Info FM Correspondent Ijeoma Esek, described the attacks as unfortunate and an excuse by some hoodlums to commit criminal acts.
“It is not a protest, it is an invasion, they wanted to attack the place and as law enforcement agents responsible for protection of lives and properties, we can’t watch lives being wasted or properties being destroyed,” he said.