The carnage and murder of Nigerian citizens in South Africa has generated heated anger and animosity in Nigeria.
The police and other security personnel in Lagos have foiled an attempt by irate Nigerians to burn a Shoprite location in Lekki, Lagos.
The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon at the Shoprite outlet by Jakande Bus-Stop.
Residents of a nearby estate, we’re running to safety after a raging inferno was sighted.
According to an eyewitness account:
“I was coming back from work around 3:30 when I suddenly noticed a burning fire at the Shoprite by Jakande Bus-Stop,” Mr Bashorun, a technical assistant, said. “I saw a raging fire and saw several police vans and other security people at the entrance.”
“The Mobil and SPG gas stations nearby also closed their gates. I later gathered that it was a retaliation for what happened in South Africa,” he added.
A viral video also showed wild smoke billowing over the Shoprite premises from an apparent burning of tyres.
A spokesperson for the police in Lagos, Bala Elkana, did not immediately return requests for comments about the development. It comes amidst flaring temper between Nigerians and South Africans over attacks on Nigerian businesses and properties by South Africans in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The attacks on Nigerian businesses is part of a wider attack by South Africans on foreign-owned businesses, mainly those owned by other Africans.
A cross section of Nigerians have called for a boycott of South African businesses across the country. Shoprite is one of the major businesses owned by South Africans in Nigeria, some of which include high investments in real estate, telecommunications and retailing.
A concerned Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched a special envoy to South Africa as part of efforts to contain the crisis.
This is a developing story more updates underway.