- The police in Cross River and Kwara states have arrested suspects in connection the recent massive looting of public and private properties witnessed nationwide
- Not fewer than 144 have been arrested in Kwara and while 80 were arrested in Cross River
- The police called on the looters to return all the looted properties before being caught in the ongoing house-to-house search
After widespread attacking and looting of public and private properties in the country, the Nigeria Police Force has swung into action, making massive arrests.
In Kwara state, the police command on Monday, October 26, paraded no fewer than 144 persons in connection with the violent attack and looting which took place in Ilorin, The Nation reported.
Recall that hoodlums under the guise of #EndSARS protest laid siege on Ilorin metropolis on Friday, October 23, by attacking government warehouses, the office of the state Nigeria Customs Service Command, Shoprite mall and others.
The state commissioner of police, Kayode Egbetokun, said that the arrest of the suspects was as a result of combined efforts of security agencies operating in the state.
Egbetokun, who confirmed that two government warehouses and lots of privately owned properties were attacked by the hoodlums, said that the violence was well coordinated and led by hardened criminals.
He called on those who still have looted properties in their possession to voluntarily surrender them, adding that such people would not be prosecuted.
The looted properties, according to Egbetokun, could be submitted at various religious centres like mosques, churches and even residences of community heads.
Similarly, in Cross River state, the police command has arrested more than 80 hoodlums over their alleged involvement in the vandalism of some government and private properties on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 in Calabar.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that various empowerment items, including tricycles and stage and sound equipment at the Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC), were said to have been carted away by the hoodlums during the attacks.
The state commissioner of police, Abdulkadir Jimoh, said some looted items had been recovered.
Jimoh urged the traditional rulers, community leaders, faith organisations, youths as well as community policing committees, including the people of the state to expose the looters.
While the arrested suspects are under interrogations, the police boss said other looters have 24 hours to return all the looted items before the house-to-house search gets to them.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has also issued a stern warning to the parents and guardians of those who have been continually looting private businesses and government properties under the guise of protest.
The president, in a statement on Sunday, October 25, urged the parents to warn their wards against destruction and stealing of goods they cannot account for.
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