Xenophobia: IGP places AIGs, CPs on red alert

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered vehicular restriction from 6am – 6pm tomorrow 16 February during the election.

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

The order came following attack on Shoprite outlets in Lagos, Ibadan and some other parts of the countries.

The attack also led to the looting of the Malls under the pretext of protesting against the incessant “xenophobic” attacks in South Africa.

The attack on the mall also left three Policemen injured and a patrol van burnt.

Following the development, the IGP has also placed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police across the Federation on red alert in order to ensure that no similar violence is replicated within the country.

This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by the Force Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba.

The statement reads: “The IGP condemns the violent attacks and notes that three police officers were seriously injured and a Police operational vehicle set ablaze.

“He also notes that a total number of 125 suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident while a good number of looted valuables have been recovered by the Police.”

The Force while recognizing the rights of citizens to air their views on salient national issues as enshrined in our statutes, reiterated that the rights must be done within the confines of the law.

The Police also warned miscreants and criminally-minded people who masquerade as genuine protesters to stay-off the streets of Nigeria as it will not hesitate to bring to bear the full weight of the law on any such law breaker.

It also advised Parents and Guardians to prevail on their children and wards to desist from acts capable of causing breakdown of law and order in the country.

The Force also said it 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.

It also reassured all law-abiding citizens, embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within the country of their security and safety.

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