Normal business activities have resumed at the Kwara Mall today after police took over the edifice on Tuesday evening. The Kwara Police Command deployed its personnel to secure the Mall, housing Shoprite and other businesses and to prevent a reprisal attack on presumed businesses owned by South Africans. This followed the killing of Nigerians residing in South Africa.
Shop owners at the mall were told to close their shops latest 8:00 p.m to prevent hoodlums from looting the mall.
One of the shop owners, who preferred anonymity, said that the low presence of Police at the facility would not scare customers away. He said Nigerians protest was supposed to be against the government and its lack of decisive action not against businesses that benefit the people.
Meanwhile, Officers of the Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday shot dead an unidentified Nigerian outside Shoprite premises in Lekki, just as angry mob sets ablaze a police van over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. A mob had invaded Shoprite at Jakande area, Lekki and destroyed wares inside Shoprite in a reprisal attack on Nigerians in South Africa.
Policemen on ground had prevented them from gaining access into the mall but the protesters lit bonfires. Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana, condemned the act put up by the youths, describing the attacks on the business outfits uncalled for.