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By Ovie Okpare

The Shoprite at the Delta Mall Effurun near Warri in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State has been shut down, WARRI TODAY can authoritatively report.

Security at the premises of the mall has also been beefed up to forestall possible reprisal from Nigerians over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.

This is coming following Tuesday’s attack and looting of some Shoprite outlets in Lagos.

WARRI TODAY who visited the area on Wednesday observed that the entire mall housing both Shoprite and other stores was under lock and key.

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A sales representative who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were asked to return home upon resumption of work on Wednesday morning till further notice.

Our source said the management of Shoprite promised to reopen once tension over the xenophobic attacks doused down.

Our correspondent, who visited the Effurun Roundabout to observe if business activities would open as they did on Tuesday, was turned back by armed security men comprising soldiers and mobile policemen at the entrance gate.

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The security agents also declined to speak to our correspondent on why they were drafted to the premises.

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It was also not clear how long the closure will be as there was no management staff on ground to speak on the development.

Unverified information has it that the Shoprite in Asaba, the Delta State, had also been closed down with security also beefed up.

WARRI TODAY is presently making efforts to verify the closure of the Asaba outlet.

However, some youths were seen hanging around both entrances of the Effurun Shoprite.


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