MTN office in the Bodija area of Ibadan, Oyo state has been set ablaze by an angry mob, YabaLeftOnline understands.
It was gathered that the office was earlier shut down over the widespread attacks on South African companies in the country.
According to reports from TheCable, some protesters had attempted to destroy the office during the day, yesterday, but some security operatives resisted the attacks.
However, some individuals reportedly regrouped at night and set the office on fire.
Firefighters got to the scene after the havoc had already been done. However, they tried in preventing the inferno from spreading to other buildings.
The violence against foreign nationals, including Nigerians, in South Africa had sparked a nationwide outrage.
In Lagos, protesters targeted Shoprite, MTN, and other South Africa-owned businesses. Similar attacks were also recorded in Akwa Ibom state.
Earlier on Thursday, the telecommunications company issued a statement condemning xenophobic attacks.
“MTN Nigeria strongly condemns hate, prejudice and xenophobia and reiterate our unequivocal condemnation of all violence,” the statement read.
“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.”
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, had also discouraged Nigerians from reprisal attacks, saying most South African businesses in the country are being run by Nigerians.
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