Lagos condemns attack on Shoprite

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos


The Lagos State government has condemned the act of vandalism observed by some individuals on the South Africa-owned business outfit, Shoprite in Lagos.

This comes following a report on the alleged attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

The attack which was reported on Shoprite Complexes at Jakande and Sangotedo Area of Ajah Lagos, led to the closure of other complexes in the State.

Spirit of brotherhood
In a statement by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, the act was condemnable and was a deviation from the spirit of brotherhood that Nigeria is known for.

According the statement, “These attacks are condemned as they are against the Nigerian spirit of accommodation and benevolence that the country in general and Lagos State in particular is noted for.

“The Nigerian Government is in dialogue with South African Authorities to stop this obnoxious act.  We appeal to our compatriots to eschew violence and any unlawful acts.

“The Lagos State Government wishes to reiterate its commitment to provide a conducive atmosphere where businesses are conducted without hindrances.”

The statement also mentioned that the security agencies have been directed to ensure that law and order prevail in all parts of the State.


Sammie Idika