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Xenophobia: MTN denies Abuja attack

April 23, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

MTN Nigeria

MTN denied reports out of Nigeria on Thursday that its office in Abuja had to shut down after coming under attack because of xenophobic violence in South Africa.

According to various reports, MTN’s regional office in Abuja ceased operations on Wednesday 22 April 2015, following alleged attacks by irate youths protesting the on-going xenophobic attacks in South Africa; however, the operator has now denied these reports.

According to News 24, MTN denied reports out of Nigeria on Thursday that its office in Abuja had to shut down after coming under attack as a result of xenophobic violence in South Africa.

“It is causing huge reputational damage,” MTN executive for group corporate affairs Chris Maroleng told News24.

He said there was peaceful protest action outside its Abuja office on Tuesday – not Wednesday, as reported in various reports – and a memorandum was handed over.

According to the updated report, the only “disruption” was for about an hour when MTN staff could not access the building due to the protest outside, said Maroleng.

“Our business is fully operational,” Maroleng concluded.

Staff Writer

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