Xenophobia: 125 Looters Arrested By Lagos Police Command

At least 125 looters have been arrested by the Lagos State police
command in connection with destruction of properties owned by South
Africans in the wake of Xenophobic attack on Nigerians in South Africa.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has also
ordered water-tight security around embassies, foreign missions,
foreigners and their businesses within the country.

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The order
is against the backdrop of the unfortunate attack on Shoprite outlets in
Lekki area of Lagos Sate on 3rd September, 2019 by some miscreants who
attacked and looted the Malls ostensibly under the pretext of protesting
against the incessant “xenophobic” attacks in South Africa.

A
statement issued by Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, said to
this end, all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and
Commissioners of Police across the federation had been placed on red
alert to ensure no similar violence is replicated within the country.

The
statement said the IGP condemned the violent attacks and noted that
three police officers were seriously injured and a Police operational
vehicle set ablaze. “He also notes 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 law breaker.

“Parents and Guardians are therefore
enjoined to prevail on their children and wards to desist from acts
capable of causing breakdown of law and order in the country,” the
statement said.

According to the statement, the Force
had commenced investigations and profiling of the arrested suspects with
a view to establishing their connection with the stealing, malicious
damage, arson and disturbance 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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