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Lagos Govt. reacts as Chinese restaurant allegedly bars Nigerians



Lagos State Government has spoken on trending reports of an alleged racist Chinese restaurant in Ikeja area in the state.

A Chinese restaurant Shishi on Emina crescent has been accused of declaring that it was not opened to Nigerians.

In a reaction on Wednesday, Lagos government said it has set up a fact-finding team to probe the news.

Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Steve Ayorinde, in a statement said: “Following the social media posts on Monday about the allegation that a certain Chinese restaurant in Ikeja is engaged in racial discrimination against potential Nigerian customers, our officers were sent to investigate the veracity of the claim.

“The two officers who went there on Monday did so incognito and found the allegations to be false. The officers were served without any questions or discrimination. They also took photographs without being noticed.

“Our officers also observed that the restaurant had a number of Nigerians working inside there and did similarly observe that peppersoup, a Nigerian delicacy is also on the menu.

“More, importantly, the restaurant has been registered with the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture since 2016 as required by law.

“As the regulators of eateries, restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality facilities in Lagos State, the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Tourism will further investigate this claim, beyond what our findings on Monday revealed and will be vigilant about the activities of this restaurant and its subsidiary”.

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