Cape Town – MTN’s regional office in Abuja reportedly shut down its operations on Wednesday following attacks by irate youths presumably protesting over the on-going xenophobic attacks in South Africa.(File: Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Quoting the Daily Sun newspaper, Naij.com said a group of more than 100 youths converged at the MTN premises carrying placards with different inscriptions.

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Apparently worried that more attacks could follow, the MTN office immediately shut down its operations, the report said.

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MTN staff said services would be suspended until the xenophobic attacks faded away and stability returned to South Africa.

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MTN Nigeria warned early this week that any attack on its facilities could force it to close shop, a development that could see at least 99% of its over 6 000 workforce in the country become jobless, a newswirengr.com report said.

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This comes as Nigeria’s foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned South Africa’s High Commissioner over anti-immigrant violence.

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According to a Reuters report, the ministry said the essence of the meeting was to register Nigeria’s protest over the on-going xenophobic attacks against fellow Africans in South Africa.

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The ministry also called on authorities to quell the unrest and bring those involved to book.

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Isolated counter-protests involving a few dozen people have occurred in Nigeria, an economy in which South African firms such as mobile phone giant MTN and supermarket chain Shoprite have large stakes, the report said.