Xenophobia: Don’t buy looted items – Police warn Nigerians (See penalties)

The Lagos State Police Command has warned Nigerians to desist from buying items looted from stores and shops across the state.

Some South African-owned companies were vandalized some days ago over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

Xenophobia: Don’t buy looted items – Police warn Nigerians (See penalties)

Such shops include popular supermarket, Shoprite, just as several others with no links to South Africa but sharing mall spaces with South African businesses also suffered attacks, This Day reports.

Security experts said some of the expensive looted items especially smartphones, wristwatches and other electronics could be tracked.

The Lagos State police command, which made this disclosure on Friday, warned of stiff penalty for anyone found to have bought from the items that were looted during the Tuesday disorder.

It said it had already mounted surveillance with a view to recovering the stolen items from their possible buyers or the persons who actually stole them.

On Thursday, the command arraigned about 80 people suspected to have participated in the looting.

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, stiff punishment awaits buyers of such stolen products.

“We have already put surveillance in place to make sure that all the looted items are recovered. Stiff punishment awaits anybody that buys from those who participated in the looting.

“The punishment for receiving stolen goods is tougher than that for the person who stole except the person used weapons to steal,” Elkana said.

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