Xenophobic attacks: Sanwo-Olu calls for CSR as 5,000 jobless

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…looters cart away goods worth millions

By Moses Adeniyi

The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called on business entities in the State to engage in sound Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) in their business communities to forestall the occurrence of hostile attack.

The Governor who made this call in a tour to the sites of the Southern African businesses that were attacked purportedly in retaliation to the xenophobic attacks of Nigerians in South Africa said that pronounced CSO by business organisations would build a concrete relationship with their immediate community.

Sanwo-Olu who condemned the attack said that it has resulted into huge economic loss with about 5, 000 people who have been rendered jobless in the space of time the attack took place.

Speaking at the AOS Shopping Mall, Sanwo-Olu said, “The first thing is truly really to condemn in strong terms whatever must have led to this.

”I think these are just extensive destruction of people’s wealth.

“Like I’ve started conversations with some of the owners, is to go back and see what are the social implications of what has happened.

“In my view, we will take a deep dive to understand how we get out of conversations like this.

“There is need for companies to begin to have a lot more interaction with the communities in which they do business.”

He, however, expressed the commitment of the government to ensure a business friendly environment, stating that, “It’s for all of us to take full responsibility and to go back and to see how we can create the narratives and the engagement where we begin to see Social inclusion from the communities where we play and do business.”

In a visit to the Sango-tedo Shoprite supermarket at the Lekki phase II, which was one of the South African enterprise attacked, it was gathered that the attackers looted and carted away several items and damaged properties worth several millions of Nigeria.

However, it was gathered that the Shoprite branch located at the Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping (AOS) Mall, Surulere barely suffered losses.

It was gathered that other Nigerian business shops within the AOS Shopping Mall were the major victims of the attack.

Speaking with NewsDirect, the Facility Manager of the AOS Mall, Mr. Oladele Olabanji revealed that goods worth millions of Naira were carted away by the looters since the attack took place.

According to Olabanji, M&G, a shop owned by a Nigerian, recorded N9.4 million goods carted away by the looters, while goods worth about N3.5 million was carted away from the Household Deluxe, a venture owned by another Nigerian.

Our correspondent gathered that the intervention of the security operatives prevented the looters from gaining access into the entrance of the Shoprite, located in the Mall.

Responding to questions from Journalists, the Managing Director of the Household Deluxe, Mr. Oladimeji Oguniyi, in the Mall revealed that the major target and attempt of the attackers was to loot and not to retaliate the Xenophobic attackers on Nigerians in South Africa.

He said, “the hoodlums came initially and the police resisted them but they left and came back in large numbers that they overwhelmed the security we have on ground and the devil around them damaged the lock on the gate.

“When they came in, Shoprite was too far from the entrance, they started looting the shops closer to the entrance. They broke seven shops and vandalised several properties.”

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