September 4, 2019

Shopping Centers Affected in Nigeria by Xenophobic Related Attacks

Samuel Haidome

Updated: Thursday, September 5th 2019. Maryland Mall was not closed, the activity column has been updated. Status of Palms Ibadan and Palms Ilorin has been reviewed to unconfirmed.

As a response to Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, disgruntled Nigerians took to the streets to protest against, loot and vandalise retail businesses, some of which had South African affiliations.

Shopping Centers Affected in Nigeria by Xenophobic Related Attacks
Shopping Centers Affected in Nigeria by Xenophobic Related Attacks

The table above shows malls in various locations across Nigeria and the status of things around it. To get live updates of the activities at malls with South African affiliation, visit this live Google Sheet.

If you would like to provide information on what is happening to the malls around you, send a message to us on Twitter @estate_intel or Instagram @estateintel.

On the 3rd of September 2019, there was chaos as a mob targeted the Shoprite outlet in Circle Mall, Jakande, which led to the loss of one life, according to Pulse Nigeria. The police eventually arrived reducing potential damage to the mall, however, they continued protests on the highway beside the mall, obstructing traffic and damaging vehicles. The unrest spread across the city, resulting in rampant looting of various retail businesses in Lagos.

The Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall, in Surulere, was among the malls that were looted. Looting in the Surulere axis was not limited to Shoprite alone, but other stores within the mall and outside the mall, like the PEP outlet on Bode Thomas.

Along the Lekki-Epe expressway the Novare Mall, Sangotedo, was also looted later that night. Reportedly, a good percentage of the stores in the mall were looted, resulting in damages worth millions of naira.

On Wednesday, the 4th of September, unrest began to spread across the country, with increased incidences of looting and organized protests in other states of the country. The Novare Gateway Mall, Lugbe, FCT has reportedly been targeted, but protesters were dissuaded by a heavy police presence in the mall. As a result of this, they resorted to burning tires on the highway, disrupting traffic. The Shoprite outlet in the Delta Mall, Effurun, Delta State and the Ado Bayero Mall, Kano State, have reportedly closed down until the violence subsides.

If a shopping centre was excluded, incorrectly captured or the status has changed, please reach out to us at team@estateintel.com.

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