UPDATE: NANS picket DSTV, Stanbic, ors over killings of Nigerians in S/Africa
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), on Thursday, shut down the Yola branch offices of DSTV and Stanbic Bank over xenophobic killing of Nigerians in South Africa.
The students stormed South African businesses in Adamawa State on Thursday and warned that MTN offices would be picketed on Friday.
The Thursday morning match started at the DSTV office on Bank Road and proceeded to the Stanbic Bank office.
The students displayed placards with various inscriptions as:
- ‘Why kill our citizens and loot their properties?’
- ‘Nigerian students can no longer keep quiet while South Africans kill Nigerians’
- ‘NANS say no to xenophobia’
- ‘Enough of spiral silence,’ among others.
At the Stanbic Bank, the students addressed the management through the National Financial Secretary of NANS:
“We are giving South African businesses in Nigeria seven days to relocate,” he said, adding that NANS would decide the next plan of action after the ultimatum.
The Stanbic Bank Zonal Operations Manager, Abubakar Usman, who addressed the students, assured that he would communicate their grievance to the headquarters of the bank.
It could be recalled that NANS similarly, on July 25, shut down MTN and DSTV main offices in Benue in protest of continued killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
NANS Deputy Zonal Coordinator, Zone C, Abah Owoicho who led the protest to shut down the offices also presented a strong worded letter of protest to the organisations.
In another developments, NANS also closed the Kaduna office of MTN over xenophobic attacks and killings of 118 Nigerians in the last two years.
NANS’ Director, Travels and Exchange, Mr Dominic Philip, explained in Kaduna that the step was necessary to curb further attacks, looting, destruction and mindless killings of African nationalities, particularly Nigerians in South Africa.
NANs equally demanded that all South African businesses in Nigeria be closed pending sufficient proof that Nigerians living anywhere in South Africa were safe and allowed to do their businesses freely.