The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu has ordered water-tight security around embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within the country.
This order was 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.
IGP Adamu also directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police across the Federation to be on red alert to ensure no similar violence is replicated within the country.
The IGP therefore condemned the violent attacks and noted that three police officers were seriously injured and a Police operational vehicle set ablaze.
He also stated that a total number of One Hundred and Twenty-Five (125) suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident while a good number of looted valuables had 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 reiterated that these must be done within the confines of the law. Miscreants and criminally-minded people who masquerade as genuine protesters and 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.” IGP said.
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.
Nigeria Police Force reassured all law-abiding citizens, embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within the country of their security and safety.