The CP Ayuba Ede-led team of police force in Kogi State has arraigned 56 suspected looters in Lokoja, the state capital on wednesday.
Ayuba Ede, the Kogi state Commissioner of Police, disclosed that the arraignment was in compliance with a directive given by Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), to put a stop to killings, end the looting and restore normalcy across the country.
The recovered loots include but not limited to; Spraying machines, agro chemicals, cartoons of surgical gloves, motorcycles and air conditioners.
Speaking after the arrest, the Commissioner of Police said; “I am pleased to inform you that the ongoing operation which has been carried out with dedication and passion led to the arrest of 56 suspected looters of Agricultural Development Project, Essential Drugs warehouse and the federal ministry of agriculture offices in Lokoja and recoveries of some looted items,
“Eighteen suspected looters were arrested in connection with the looting and vandalization of items from stores of the ministry of agriculture and the entire premises of Agricultural Development Project (ADP) Located at Felele, Lokoja.
“All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation.”
Ede urged law-abiding citizens to go about their businesses, adding that the police would not allow anyone take laws into their hands.
“I warn all miscreants that the command in synergy with other security agencies in the state will not hesitate to apply the full wrath of law against persons who take the law into their hands.
“Finally, the renewed commitment of the command to sustain the tempo of the fight against criminality in the state and guarantee protection of life and properties remain unequivocal and unwavering.”
A mob attacked a warehouse located along Muritala Muhammed Way, close to Kpata market in Lokoja on Sunday, carting away COVID-19 relief materials. A fertilizer warehouse was also hit in Felele.
This occurred as massive looting continues across the country after the nationwide youth-led demonstration against police brutality.
Several attacks have been made on both private and public properties in search of COVID-19 palliatives, after the first discovery at the Palace of Oba of Lagos.