There have been images and videos in circulation on social and news media platforms that an MTN office was burnt down in Apapa, Lagos, over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
Concise News had reported that some Nigerians and other African nationals have been facing attacks by South Africans since Sunday.
This development led to several calls by Nigerians on their compatriots to boycott the services of South African companies in the West African nation.
There has been a closure of some MTN offices and other South Africa-owned businesses in the country in the wake of retaliation threats by Nigerians.
On Tuesday afternoon, there were reports (not on Concise News) that angry Nigerian youths burnt down an MTN office in Apapa, Lagos State as retaliation for xenophobic attacks on their compatriots in South Africa.
However, checks by this reporter revealed that the photos of the said incident were old and posted on a popular forum Nairaland.
Digging deeper into archival materials on the internet, Concise News found out that the images of the supposed MTN office were taken in 2015.
Further findings showed that the photos were that of a fire incident at an MTN office in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
The incident took place on Sunday, March 15th, 2015 and thus not an MTN office in Apapa, Lagos, as widely circulated on social media.
Although the pictures were not photoshopped or manipulated as it was an MTN office, it, however, did not take place in Lagos.
Also, the incident was not in retaliation to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa and had taken place years back.
MTN Condemns Attack
Similarly, telecommunication giants MTN’s Chief Executive Officer in Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, said the firm stood against all forms of oppression and injustice.
“MTN Nigeria strongly condemns hate, prejudice and xenophobia and reiterate our unequivocal condemnation of all violence,” the statement added.
“We seek to connect people, bring people together and provide a platform for everyone’s voice to be heard.
“We are against all forms of bigotry and discrimination; they should have no place in society.
“Everyone has the right to a world where their rights and freedoms are respected – the right to live and earn a living, freely, safely and protected by the law.”