The Federal Government on Saturday shut a Chinese restaurant and mall in Lagos for refusing to serve Nigerians.
This was announced by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission on Twitter following surveillance and intelligence after receiving complaints from members of the public.
“Today, FCCPC closed Haufei Restaurant & Mall 33 Aboyade Cole, VI based on credible intel & surveillance that the biz declines service to Nigerians. Staff of the biz admitted this is the policy & our operatives experienced same. Both now closed for further regulatory action.
“There can’t be any acceptable reason to discriminate against any national, more so Nigerians in Nigeria. That we walked into a restaurant that openly declined service on account of our race is simply ludicrous. The only response to this openly outrageous conduct is interim closure,” it stated.
The undercover investigation was led by the Director-General of FCCPC, Dr. Babatunde Irukera.
The development came ahead of the commemoration of the World Consumer Rights Day on Sunday.
However, the owner of the two locations, Ronnie Liu, kicked against the closure on Twitter.
Liu, who is the president of Chinese Investors Association for Development and Promotion in Nigeria, told Irukera, that the businesses never engaged in racist conduct.
“I’m the owner of this place. We have Nigerian staffs (sic) and we service all the customers.
“Please come join (us) to have tea. I am (hae been) in Lagos for 20 years. I am the president of Chinese Investors Association for Development and Promotion in Nigeria. We work together with Nigerians.
“Anybody who does not believe this should come to me straight. I’m always available.
“Yesterday, someone came as asked for food. We have them the menu but they could not choose.
“Now, he just came today and said he is the DG with name card (no proof) and simply locked out place and posted. We cannot accept a thing like that,” he protested.
However, Irukera responded thus: “I am the DG, never been to your business. Sent two people differently there today, you declined service because they are Nigerians, I made inquiries from your staff outside what the policy is, they confirmed. I came in, same thing happened to me. This representation is entirely false!”