- As Police arrest 125 looters, recover loots in Lagos
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered water-tight security around embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within the country.
The order is against the backdrop of the attack on Shoprite outlets in Lekki Area of Lagos Sate, on Tuesday, by some miscreants who attacked and looted the Malls under the pretext of protesting against the incessant xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
To this end, all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police across the country, have been placed on red alert to ensure no similar violence is replicated within the country.
A press release issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, DCP Frank Mba, stated that the IGP condemns the violent attacks while noting that three police officers were seriously injured and a Police operational vehicle set ablaze.
He further noted that a total number of One Hundred and Twenty-Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident, while a good number of looted valuables have been recovered by the Police.
The statement read: “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.”
Meanwhile, the Force has 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.