There was outrage today among Nigerians when they learnt that a Chinese supermarket in the Gwarinpa area of Abuja were denying Nigerians shoppers entry into their establishment.
The management of the supermarket revealed the reasons behind their decision when Daily Trust stormed the premises located at 9, Bauchi Street, War College Estate, Gwarinpa to carry out investigation.
According to Daily Trust news team, the supermarket (pictured above) operates in a residential building. It has no signpost save for a Chinese lantern hanging on a black gate and Chinese inscriptions drawn on the left side of the fence.
The image of the supermarket and description tally’s with how Idris described the place to me in his interview.
It was at the gate that the news site was informed that Nigerians were denied entry allegedly because of their nefarious activities. The management however said Nigerians are allowed to enter the supermarket individually and not in group.
Reporters from Daily Trust were also denied entry as the gate man, simply called ‘Maxwell’ said they were more than one. Maxwell added:
“You can only be allowed in if you are accompanied by policemen, because you are more than one.”
One of the attendants, Samuel Azenda said the supermarket reached the decision after it was robbed by Nigerians in May 2016 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 the 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 race or colour.
He explained that since the supermarket specialises in Chinese foods and items, Nigerians are not their sole consumers but only a few that patronise Chinese products. He also said those people are always welcome at the supermarket.