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Abuja Chinese supermarket shuts doors after PUNCH report22nd April 2024

The Abuja-based Chinese supermarket criticised for refusing to allow Nigerians to shop in its facility is currently closed, PUNCH Online reports.Our correspondent who arrived at the premises on Monday at 9.10 am observed that the grocery store was closed with an anti-theft padlock.Earlier on Sunday, Nigerians had expressed outrage over a discriminatory policy implemented by the Chinese Supermarket, which restricted entry exclusively to its citizens and barred Nigerians.The supermarket situated at the China General Chamber of Commerce, along Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Road in Abuja, is acclaimed as a destination for Chinese cuisine and beverages.When our correspondent visited the supermarket to confirm the authenticity of the claim on Sunday, security personnel at the gate confirmed that the management of the store had given the directive at the beginning of the year without giving reasons.One of the guards who didn’t wear his name tag and declined to disclose his name, said prospective shoppers who are not Chinese are turned back at the gate as directed by the management.The officer said, “For now, they (management) have stopped everything. The truth is that they are selling, but they said our people should stop coming. They said only Chinese individuals are allowed to shop here. The shop is only meant for Chinese people. People were allowed to come in throughout last year, but since January, they changed the policy and directed that no Nigerian is allowed to enter.“We were not informed of any reason for the policy, but we have told them to remove all adverts from the Internet so that people would stop coming.”Our correspondent was, however, allowed entrance because, according to the officer, “Today is Sunday, and you are covered with grace.”At the grocery store located at Villa 7, a mixture of foreign and local food, drinks, and essential items was showcased on the shelf with no price tag.

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