The management of a Chinese supermarket in Gwarinpa area of Abuja has said Nigerians are not allowed to enter into the premises as a result of their alleged nefarious activities. However, the management said Nigerians are allowed to enter the supermarket individually and not in group, reports Daily Trust.
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.
The gate man at the Chinese supermarket, simply identified as Maxwell, denied entry to Daily Trust reporters saying 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.
According to one of the attendants, Samuel Azenda, the supermarket took the decision after some people alleged to be Nigerians robbed it in May and carted away more than N2.5 million. He said until May, the gate was always open to all and sundry.
The owners of the supermarket were not available to speak to 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 further revealed that about five personnel were also manhandled by the group of four armed men.
The attendant made it known that 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.
The supermarket attendant added that the few Nigerians who come to buy their products are always welcome at the supermarket.