The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has said the 36 Nigerians arrested for allegedly engaging in a Xenophobia reprisal attack on businesses of South Africans will be prosecuted.
Adamu described those engaging in xenophobic attack as criminals and unpatriotic citizens, who would be dealt with according to the laws of the land.
Adamu said Nigeria is a country being governed by laws, adding that arrest made by his men was lawful and justifiable and was done to portray Nigerians as law-abiding citizens before the global community.
The Inspector-General of Police said this in Ado Ekiti on Thursday during a security Stakeholders’ meeting held in Ado Ekiti capital city. Justifying the action of the police against those involved in xenophobic violence,
“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 the 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 arrested some of them and we will prosecute them”, he said.