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Xenophobic attack: Police Stray bullet kills youth as mob set vehicles ablaze

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By Joshua Timi

As Nigerians embark on reprisal attacks on South African businesses over xenophobic attacks, Police stray bullet was said to have killed a yet to be identified youths when the mob attacked the Shoprite Mall in Lekki axis.

Vanguard gathered that business activities at the Malls have been paralyzed and residents have been forced to scamper for safety.

It was observed that the mob also attacked patrol vehicles of the Nigerian Police and set it ablaze.

Vanguard gathered that the mob attacked and vandalized several vehicles on the Lekki-Epe Expressway while protesting against the xenophobic attacks.

It was also gathered that one of the youths that attacked the Mall was hit by a stray bullet from the police team deployed to the scene by the Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, to restore law and order.

To prevent an attack on the law enforcement agency deployed to the scene, it was gathered that the policemen shot in the air to scare the irate youths away from the scene.

In a reaction by the Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana, said: “I cannot confirm that yet but I can assure you that we have deployed several officers to the scene to restore law and order”.

In an interview with Vanguard, Elkana condemned the act put up by the youths, describing the attacks on the business outfits uncalled for.

The PPRO said: “We have made massive deployment to all South African business outfits in the state including MTN, Shoprite malls, and others, across the state

“Also, the patrol team has been deployed to the scene. If not for the presence of our men at the scene, the youth would have set the building ablaze.

“These are rumours that cannot be substantiated. The youths are violent and that is why we have been deploying more men to the scene. The operation is still ongoing”.

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