The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Saturday shut down the Shoprite Mall at Ota in Ogun State.
Naija News understands that the students shut down the mall in a protest they described as unrestrained xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
It was reported that the Shoprite mall was shut down around 11:10 a.m. in the presence of police officers, with shoppers, hurriedly ordered out of the mall.
The students carried placards with inscriptions that include; “South Africans must go. Enough of the killing of our brothers, sisters and relatives in South Africa. You can’t continue to k**l our people and still feed fat on us.’’
While speaking on the demands of the students, the national public relations officer of NANS, Azeez Adeyemi, said that “NANS’ leadership under its president, Danielson Bamidele, have resolved to champion the struggle of putting sense back into lawless South Africans.
“It seems the government of South Africa derives pleasure from the senseless killings and sees the continuous xenophobic attacks on Nigerians residents in South Africa as a norm.
“NANS’ struggle against xenophobia has moved beyond ordinary street protests.
“Our target now is to mobilize Nigerian students and Nigerians towards truncating the smooth running of South African businesses in Nigeria.
“We shall resume here at Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, MTN and Multichoice on August 14 for a total shut down.
“This is a struggle that will continue until victory of purpose is achieved.”