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The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Friday kept to their threat to shut all South African-owned businesses out of Nigeria.
As at 8am, the protesting students were already on the streets of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, to ensure DSTV, GOTV, MTN and Stanbic Bank offices were not opened for the day.
As at the time of filing this report, the Multichoice office in Isale Igbein, the MTN office in Okelewo/Sokori and branches of Stanbic Bank in Abeokuta, are under lock and key.
It was gathered that staff of these organisations, who had earlier opened for business amidst panic, were dislodged by the angry protesting student.
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NANS have been moving from one office to the other to ensure strict compliance, saying: “if they open any of these offices we have shut down, they will see the wrath of NANS”.
But their attempts to lock up the Stanbic IBTC premises was resisted by the management staff and security personnel attached to the bank.
Some policemen in five Hilux vans from Zone 2 Area Command were deployed to ensure protection of lives and property.
Addressing reporters in the front of the affected bank, Adeyemi said NANS was out to send a strong message to the South African Government over the relentless xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.
He said, “The protest will cut across all the states of the federation. We need to tell the South African Government that Nigeria is no longer at peace with the xenophobic attacks; we can no longer keep quiet.
“We cannot watch our brothers in South Africa being killed. We have shut down MTN Office, Stanbic IBTC Bank and after today if the killing continues in South Africa we will now go by the law of motion.
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Our own reaction here will be three times their action. If they kill one Nigerian over there, we will kill three South Africans here.
“If they destroy a Nigerian business over there, we will destroy six South African businesses here; if they reopen any organisation that we have shut down here, they will see the wrath of Nigerian students; we will not hesitate to show them what Nigerian students can do.”