About 125 looters have been arrested by the Lagos State police command in connection with the destruction of properties owned by South Africa after the Xenophobic attack on Nigeria in South Africa.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has also ordered waterproof security around the embassy, foreign missions, foreigners, and their businesses at home.
The order was in line with the unfortunate attack on Shoprite outlets in the Lekki area, Lagos Sate on 3 September 2019 by several criminals who attacked and plundered Mal as if on the pretext of protesting an “xenophobic” unrelenting attack in South Africa.
A statement issued by Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, said for this purpose, all Zonal Assistant Police Inspector Generals and Police Commissioners throughout the federation had been placed on red alert to ensure that no similar violence was replicated inside the country.
The statement said the IGP condemned the violent attack and noted that three police officers were seriously injured and the Police operational vehicle was set on fire. “He also noted that the number of Hundred Twenty-Five (125) suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident while a number of valuables looted had been found by the Police.
“While recognizing the rights of citizens to voice their views on prominent national issues as enshrined in our law, the Force reiterates that this must be done within the limits of the law. Bad guys and criminal-minded people disguised as true protesters are therefore warned to stay away from the streets of Nigeria because the Troops will not hesitate to shoulder the full legal burden on such lawbreakers.
“Therefore Parents and Guardians are ordered to win over their children and wards to stop acts that can cause damage to law and order in this country,” the statement said.
According to the statement, the Forces have begun an investigation and made profiles of the suspects who were arrested with the aim of building their relationship with theft, dangerous damage, arson and disturbance of public peace on the day of the incident. “The troops hereby convince all law-abiding citizens, embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within the country with their security and safety,” he said.