125 looters have been apprehended by the officials of the Lagos State police command in connection with the looting and destruction of properties reportedly owned by South Africans in the wake of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has also ordered water-tight security around foreign missions, embassies, foreigners and their businesses in the country.
The order is against the backdrop of the attack on the Shoprite outlets in Lekki, Lagos State on Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 when some miscreants attacked and looted the Malls ostensibly under the pretence of protesting against the incessant “xenophobic” attack crisis in South Africa.
The Nigerian Police Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba has released a statement that all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and all Commissioners of Police in Nigeria but be vigilant to ensure that violence doesn’t erupt within the country.
The statement said that the IGP has slammed the violent attacks and noted that 3 police officers were seriously injured and a Police vehicle was set ablaze.
“He also said that;
A total number of One Hundred and Twenty-Five (125) suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident while a good number of looted valuables have been recovered by the Police.
“While recognizing the rights of citizens to air their views on salient national issues as enshrined in our statutes, the Force reiterates that these must be done within the confines of the law. Miscreants and criminally-minded people who masquerade as genuine protesters are therefore warned to stay off the streets of Nigeria as the Force will not hesitate to bring to bear the full weight of the law on any such lawbreaker.
“Parents and Guardians are therefore enjoined to prevail on their children and wards to desist from acts capable of causing a breakdown of law and order in the country,” the statement said.
According to the statement, the Police Force has started Force it’s investigations and profiling of the arrested suspects to know their connection with the arson looting, malicious damage, and the disruption of public peace on the day of the incident.
“The Force is hereby reassuring all law-abiding citizens, embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within the country of their security and safety,” it said.
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