Some members of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Benue State, on Thursday, took to major roads in Makurdi in protest against the inhuman treatment of Nigerians in South Africa.
The students also locked up the offices of some companies linked to South Africa operating in Makurdi.
The students marched to the MTN and DSTV offices as well as the Shoprite mall in the state capital and shut them down.
The protest was led by the zonal deputy national coordinator of the association, Owoicho Aba.
Aba, who decried the killing of Nigerians in South Africa, noted that the students would not allow South African businesses to run in Nigeria.
He said the students had been mandated to close down all South African businesses in Nigeria, including MTN, DSTV and Shoprite.
According to him, if Nigerian businesses cannot enjoy the peace and support that South African businesses enjoy from the Federal Government, the only reasonable thing would be to close down all South African businesses in the country.
“It is very painful to see that the citizens of a country, which supported South Africa to attain freedom are being massacred. Nigeria fought hard to stop apartheid and now, the South Africans are paying us back with evil.
“We will not allow any South African business to thrive until a concrete arrangement is put in place to guarantee the safety of Nigerians in South Africa. We want to draw the attention of the international community to the dastardly act of killing Nigerians in South Africa.”
An MTN manager, Vera Obe, who spoke with the students, expressed the organisation’s concern over the killing of Nigerians in South Africa.
She assured the students that actions were being taken to nip the ugly incident in the bud.