South African telecoms operator MTN has announced the closure of all its stores and service centres in Nigeria until further notice following the recent attacks targeted at the company across the country in response to on-going Xenophobic Attacks in South-Africa.
This is contained in a statement by the company. According to it, the decision to close its service outlets follows the recent attacks on its facilities in three states across the country.
The telecoms service provider noted that the safety and security of its customers, staff and partners is its primary concern, hence the swift action. The company has conveyed the information to its customer in the country via text message on Wednesday afternoon.
The text reads, “Yello! Our shops are unavailable today. You can reach us on Twitter- @MTN180, MTNonline.com/Livechat, chat on MyMTN App. For Call Center dial 180. Thank you.”
Recall that some MTN installations have been affected by the wave of attacks that swept parts of Nigeria Yesterday. SH reports that some youths set ablaze an MTN office located in Bodija, Ibadan, the Oyo state capital about 9 pm.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Ferdi Moolman said:
“MTN Nigeria strongly condemns hate, prejudice and xenophobia and reiterate our unequivocal condemnation of all violence. We seek to connect people, bring people together and provide a platform for everyone’s voice to be heard.We are against all forms of bigotry and discrimination; they should have no place in society.
“Everyone has the right to a world where their rights and freedoms are respected – the right to live and earn a living, freely, safely and protected by the law”, he concludes
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