41 suspects have been arrested by operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT for alleged involvement in looting properties during the outbreak of violence across Lagos State.
Among the suspects were those alleged to have vandalised malls, private shops and houses around Surulere, Apapa, Ijora and environs with goods worth over N100m recovered.
While parading some of the suspects Friday, the Commander NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Ibrahim Shettima, said the Navy also recovered a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) looted from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) headquarters that was set ablaze as well as a truck loaded with various looted items including electronics, kitchen and home appliances, bicycles, auto spare parts, fabrics, clothes and shoes, COVID-19 palliatives, among others.
Represented by the base’s acting Executive Officer (XO), Commander Andrew Zidon, he said some of those arrested were minors and were released to their parents after screening.
“Beginning from around October 19, Lagos State plunged into a civil unrest characterised by riots, looting and reported widespread criminal activities by hoodlums and miscreants. The Nigerian Navy responded to the crisis in an effective and timely manner to help ensure the return of normalcy within its Area of Operations,” he said