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Returning Looted Goods May Not Save You From Facing Prosecution- Police

The FCT police command, on Wednesday said that looters returning goods from warehouses storing COVID-19 palliatives and other items does not stop them from being prosecution.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Bala Ciroma on NTA’s Good Morning Nigeria programme.

Ciroma maintained stealing remains a crime in Nigeria and the return of looted goods doesn’t change the fact that a crime has been committed.

The police commissioner, however, said cases would be handled based on their merit.

In a response to a question, he said, “In a situation where people come to return goods, the fact remains did you commit an offence or not? We will get our legal experts to look at it and we will decide what to do with it.

“We will conclude our investigations and the legal experts will look at it accordingly but the fact remains that a crime has been committed.”

The CP also revealed that several persons have been arrested connected to the looting of warehouses, stating that some properties had been recovered.

He promised residents that all those arrested would be prosecuted.

The police commissioner said the police were still investigating the burning of vehicles in the Apo area of Abuja, where hoodlums hijacked and attacked peaceful #EndSARS protests last Monday.


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