The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has revealed that the set of Nigerians arrested for allegedly vandalising businesses belonging to South Africans in reaction to the xenophobic attacks will be prosecuted duly.
Naija News understands that Adamu while describing those displaying of such anti-xenophobic destruction as criminals and unpatriotic, said Nigeria is a country being governed by laws, adding that the law will not hesitate to take its course.
He said the arrest was lawful and justifiable and was done to portray Nigerians as law abiding citizens before the global community.
The Inspector General of Police made this known while speaking in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital on Thursday during a security Stakeholders’ meeting.
Adamu defended the arrest in his statement that reads; “the arrest showed that Nigeria is a country that has laws and it shows that we can never behave the way others behaved.
“No individual is allowed to take law into his hands. The Federal government is dealing with the issue of killings and attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
“The fact that Nigerians are being attacked over there shouldn’t be a reason for anybody to attack the businesses of South African nationals.
“Those who did that are unpatriotic and they are criminals and that was why we arested some of them and we will prosecute them.”
Adamu added that the country’s policing system has already been redesigned to engage all igerians on the need to see security as everyone’s business.
“Our strategy for policing has changed. The community is now working with us and we are going to ensure that all the communities are represented whether you are traditional rulers or you belong to any socio cultural group.
“We are going to train people from each community who will have the power of the police and power to arrest. They will be deployed to help the police in fighting crimes. When it comes to recruitment, we will come to your communities,” he said.