Abuja”s Chinese supermarket where access is restricted to non-Nigerians. PHOTO BY: Taiwo Adeniyi and Latifat Opoola.
The management of a Chinese supermarket in Gwarinpa area of Abuja has said Nigerians are denied entry into the premises allegedly because of their nefarious activities.
The management however said Nigerians are allowed to enter the supermarket individually and not in group.
The supermarket, which is situated at 9 Bauchi Street, War College Estate, Gwarinpa, is a residential building turned supermarket and without a name with only a Chinese decoration on the gate.
Our reporters were also denied entry as the gateman, simply called ‘Maxwell’ said they were more than one.
“You can only be allowed in if you are accompanied by policemen, because you are more than one” he said.
One of the attendants, Samuel Azenda said the supermarket reached the decision after it was robbed by Nigerians in May during which more than N2.5 million was stolen.
He said until May, the gate was always open to all and sundry.
The owners of the supermarket were not available to speak to our reporters as they were said to have been flown to China for medical treatment as a result of the injuries sustained during the robbery.
Azenda, who was beaten during the robbery said about five personnel were beaten after a group of four armed men entered the premises in May.
He said the case was reported at the Gwarinpa Police Station adding that the decision of the management to ban Nigerians from entering the premises was not geared to discriminate between tribe and colour.
He explained that since the supermarket specialises in Chinese foods and items, Nigerians are not their sole consumers but only a few that patronises Chinese products. He also said those people are always welcome at the supermarket.
Source: Daily Trust