As Nigerians continue to protest against xenophobic attacks in South Africa, violence has been reported after protesters besieged a Shoprite location in Ibadan on Tuesday, September 3.
According to Premium Times, many protesters gathered outside the Palms Shopping Mall, New G.R.A., chanting xenophobic slogans and demanding that South African businesses leave Nigeria.
The news outlet, quoting a local source, said violence had broken out just before 6:00pm outside the shopping mall.
Meanwhile, South African police arrested more than 80 people and confirmed five deaths as riots in Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria intensified on Tuesday, September 3.
The riots are reportedly spreading to surrounding townships with roving groups attacking mainly foreign-owned shops in a spate of fresh xenophobic attacks.
Recall that Legit.ng had earlier reported that President Ramaphosa condemned the violence saying in a video posted on Twitter.
He said attacking businesses run by foreign nationals was totally unacceptable.
Immigration to South Africa from across the continent and from parts of southeast Asia picked up in the early 1990s, spurred by the end of apartheid rule and the economic boom that followed.
Legit.ng had also reported that Senator Nicholas Tofowomo representing Ondo South at the Senate, called on federal government of Nigeria to sanction South Africa government immediately over xenophobic attack on Nigerians and other Africans.
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