MTN Nigeria has shut down all of its stores and service centres in the country due to targeted anti-South African attacks on its facilities, reports Reuters.
Facilities in three Nigerian cities were attacked in response to days of xenophobic riots in South Africa, targeting foreign-owned businesses from countries including Nigeria.
“The safety and security of our customers, staff, and partners is our primary concern,” MTN Nigeria said in a statement.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly instructed his foreign affairs minister to initiate discussions with South Africa’s high commissioner regarding the xenophobic riots.
These xenophobic riots have been met with condemnation by other African countries.
Several countries will no longer attend the World Economic Forum on Africa which is set to be hosted in South Africa, while the Zambian national soccer team has canceled its match against Bafana Bafana that was set to take place this Saturday.
MyBroadband asked MTN Group for comment but had not received a statement at the time of publishing.