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NSE reclassifies Oando shares as low-priced stock

The Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday announced the reclassification of Oando Plc from Medium-Priced Stock to Low-Priced Stock.

A statement by the Exchange said the reclassification became effective Thursday.

This is in compliance to Rule 15.29: Pricing Methodology, Rulebook of The Exchange, 2015 (Dealing Members’ Rules), the NSE said.

Oando shares dropped below the N5 mark on April 30 and traded below N5 up till the close of business on August 30.

Low-Priced Stocks are securities that have traded below N5 per share in four out of the last six months period.

For upward or downward movements in price to occur on any Low-Priced Stock that is priced at below N5 and listed on the NSE, stockbrokers are required to trade a minimum volume of 100,000 units and tick size of N0.01kobo.

According to the NSE Rulebook, for purposes of calculating price movements and price limits, equity securities traded on the Exchange are classified as groups A and B.

Group A, the rule says, shall consist of equities with a Primary Market Maker that are not classified in Group B.

Similarly, Group B shall consist of equities with a Primary Market Maker that are priced above N100.00 per share for at least four (4) of the last six (6) months, or new security listings that are priced above One Hundred Naira (N100) at the time of listing on The Exchange.

Davido reveals wedding date with Chioma

Super star Davido has shared plans to officially tie the knot with his long time girlfriend, Chioma Rowlands in 2020.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 27-year-old singer had just concluded an introduction ceremony with his would be wife’s family on Monday.

On photos he shared on his social media handles, the celebrity said 2020 was the anticipated year for the big events, calling on friends and family to get ready.

He confirmed all pictures and information shared online recently in an interview with Beat FM, saying 2020 is the year for sure.

“We have not started all that plans yet. 2020 is the year for sure”, the singer said.
Meanwhile, he has also addressed rumours that his bride to be was pregnant asking Nigerians to be patient.

“Wait and see now,” he said.

Despite all attempts on him to confirm or debunk the rumors, an excited Davido explained.
This one is special”.

Tinubu is dead, Gov. Sanwo-Olu mourns

Former Head of Service in Lagos State, Alhaji Rafiu Tinubu is dead. Tinubu died in Abuja on Wednesday at the age of 75, after a brief illness.

A statement signed by Mr Gboyega Akosile, Chief Press Secretary to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu described Tinubu’s death as a huge loss to the state and the nation in general.

Sanwo-Olu sympathized with Tinubu’s family, the deceased’s friends and associates, saying: “Alhaji Tinubu’s demise came at a time the nation and Lagos in particular needed his wealth of experience the most.”

“As experienced administrator per excellence, we certainly will miss the late Alhaji Tinubu’s counsel on matters of importance in the state civil service.”

The Governor said people of the state would always remember the “laudable achievements” of the former top civil servant, who, he said, served the state meritoriously for 26 years before he rose to become the Head of Service.

Sanwo-Olu said: “We can’t forget the contributions of late Alhaji Rafiu Tinubu towards the professionalisation of Lagos civil service. His quest for excellence and exemplary leadership were a hallmark of his earthly sojourn.

“We condole the Tinubu family, especially our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, wife and children of the deceased and the entire extended families of late elder statesman.

“I pray that Almighty Allah grant the late Alhaji Rafiu Tinubu Al-Janah Firdaus and grant members of the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Xenophobia: I’m in South Africa to ensure govt never again looks away while our citizens are attacked —Ezekwesili

A former Minister of Education and presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria in the February 2019 General Election, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, has responded to criticisms trailing her participation at the ongoing World Economic Forum for Africa.

She said that she was at the South Africa event to ensure that authorities of the southern African country never again looks away while Nigerians are attacked, maimed and killed.

In the wake of public anger and subsequent protests that greeted the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians resident in South Africa, the Federal Government had cancelled its participation at the continental event, and had also threatened to recall the nation’s High Commissioner to South Africa.

Mrs. Ezekwesili is currently participating at the three-day event, which commenced on September 4th and will end on the 6th.

Many of her social media followers and other Nigerians had condemned her participation, while others felt it was in order.

In response to her critics via her verified Twitter handle @obyezeks, the ‘Bring back Our Girls’ advocate, stated, “My life vision is to always stand for the weaker. This is a role I play within and without Nigeria.

“For me, the next three days in South Africa are programmed to achieve a set of specific action by the South African Government.

“Our citizens’ preservation is what matters to me, not the noise.”

She added that those who had genuine concerns about her participation at the WEF should realise that her decision to be at the event was thoroughly considered.

“I am in South Africa leveraging my ensure (sic) that South African Government never again looks away while our citizens are attacked, maimed and killed.

“Those of you who take delight in making ‘politics’ of our citizens’ lives can carry on with your usual trade.

“I stand strong on doing the things one can do to safeguard lives.

“Citizens’ lives are too sacred and important for me to be drawn into your latest ‘playground.’ Never.”

During a panel discussion at the event, she was asked about her opinion on the issue of attack on foreigners in South Africa, and Ezekwesili responded, “The reality of what we saw in South Africa is too sordid to be a conversation-by-the-way.

“We cannot have African Continental Free Trade Agreement and yet we have a situation of black-on-black violence in this country (South Africa).

“So, we need to have a conversation on what kind of integrated Africa we want to drive forward.”

Xenophobia: Police arraign 83 over Shoprite attack, looting

The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday arraigned 83 persons who allegedly participated in the attack and looting of South African-owned mall, Shoprite, in protest against continued killings of Nigerians in South Africa.

The defendants were arraigned before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court at Yaba on six counts bordering on conspiracy, riotous assembly, arson, stealing, malicious damage, unlawful destruction of property and conduct likely to cause the breach of peace.

The police told the court that the defendants attacked the Shoprite Malls at Surulere and Sangotedo-Ajah and allegedly stole and damaged properties estimated at N500m.

The prosecution said they committed the offences on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in contravention of sections 50, 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 and were liable to be punished under sections 339 (1) (2), 168 (d) and 411 of the same Act.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty.

The magistrate, Mr P.A. Ojo, admitted each of the 83 defendants to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The magistrate said the sureties must be the defendants’ parents or a paternal family member.

The case was adjourned till October 9, 2019

SA minister: Many Nigerians in our country are drug traffickers

Naledi Pandor, South African minister of foreign affairs, says there are many Nigerians in the country involved in drug and human trafficking.

Pandor said this on Thursday while responding to criticisms that South Africa’s security agencies are not doing enough to protect foreigners in the wave of xenophobia rocking the country.

Many Nigerians based in South Africa lost properties worth millions of dollars in the fresh attacks.

But in an interview with eNCA, a South African outfit, Pandor said South Africans believe many Nigerians are “harming our young people.”

Asked if the country’s security agencies have helped in protecting foreigners including Nigerians, she responded: “I would appreciate them in helping us as well to address the belief our people have and the reality that there are many persons from Nigeria dealing in drugs in our country.

“I believe that Nigerian nationals are involved in human trafficking and other abusive practices.

“These kind of assistance of ensuring that such persons do not come to our country will be of great assistance to our nation.”
The xenophobic attacks forced Nigeria to pull out of the ongoing World Economic Forum in South Africa.

In its initial response to the fresh attacks, the federal government summoned Bobby Monroe, South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari also dispatched a special envoy to convey his concerns over the attacks to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Nigeria demanded full compensation for its citizens affected in the latest attacks, but Pandor had earlier said there is no provision for such.

Fake videos of attacks on Nigerians in SA in circulation

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, has alerted Nigerians to the spread of fake videos of purported attacks on citizens in South Africa.

He said some people are using fake news to foment mayhem in the country.

The minister said this on Thursday at a press conference in Abuja in reaction to the reprisal attacks against South African-owned businesses in the country.

The federal government had recalled its high commissioner to South Africa and boycotted the World Economic Forum (WEF) taking place in Cape Town over xenophobic attacks on citizens in that country.

Speaking at the press conference, Mohammed reiterated the appeal of the government to citizens not to “resort to self help by carrying out reprisal attacks against South African businesses in Nigeria”.

“The purpose of this press conference is to reiterate the appeal to Nigerians, who are justifiably angered by the attacks on their compatriots in South Africa, not to resort to self help by carrying out reprisal attacks against South African businesses in Nigeria,” he said.

“To alert Nigerians to the fact that some unscrupulous people are engaging in disinformation to inflame passion by using fake news and videos of non-related attacks; to very strongly warn the naysayers and hoodlums who might want to capitalise on the widespread disenchantment and anger of Nigerians over the attacks in South Africa to foment mayhem, and to appeal to Nigerians, especially opinion leaders, not to allow raw emotions to guide their response to the attacks.”

He said those spreading fake news are using viral videos purportedly showing how Nigerians are being killed in South Africa.

“One video shows a man who has been set ablaze trying to escape, and those circulating the video identified the man as Nigerian. This
is not true,” Mohammed said.

“The video shows Mozambican Ernesto Alfabeto Nhamuave, a victim of xenophobic violence in South Africa in 2008, and it is not that of a Nigerian being attacked in 2019.”

He appealed to opinion leaders and celebrities to be guarded in their comments on the xenophobic attacks, adding that the government would leave no stone unturned in protecting Nigerians anywhere in the world.

“Nigerians should be wary of the purveyors of these wrong videos. We strongly warn hoodlums who may wish to hide under the peaceful protests by Nigerians to loot, maim and kill that the security agencies will apprehend and bring them to justice,” he said.

“And to opinion leaders, we ask that they be guarded in their comments.”

No provision for compensation, says South African minister on xenophobia

Naledi Pandor, South African minister of foreign affairs, says there is no provision for compensating those affected in the fresh attacks in the country.

In an interview with Reuters, Pandor said her country’s laws do not have provision for such.

Last week, angry mob went on rampage in South Africa, targetting foreign nationals, including Nigerians.

Adetola Olubajo, president of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, said Nigerians lost property worth millions of dollars in the attacks.

In its response, the federal government summoned Bobby Moroe, South African high commissioner to Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari also sent a special envoy to Cyril Ramaphosa, his South African counterpart, to convey his displeasure over the attacks.

The federal government also pulled out of the ongoing World Economic Forum in South Africa and recalled its high commissioner to the country.

It also demanded that its citizens involved in the attacks should be fully compensated.

“Full compensation has to be paid because as we have discovered from previous experience, a lot of these Nigerians loss their property and it is a long drawn out process and very often are not compensated for it. But on this occasion, the Nigerian government is going to fight for full compensation and hold the government of South Africa to count,” Geofrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, said at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.

The South African high commission in Nigeria suspended operations on Thursday morning following attacks on MTN, Shoprite and some South Africa-owned businesses across Nigeria.

Commenting on this, Pandor said she was in touch with Nigerian authorities to try to restore calm.

She also efforts were in place to address the unrest in South Africa.

“There is an Afrophobia we are sensing that exists, there is resentment and we need to address that,” Reuters quoted Pandor to have said.

WPP partners Algorithm Media

 

To strengthen its position in Africa, and especially in Nigeria, where the population of consumers with huge disposable income makes the market irresistible, WPP has finalized its partnership with Algorithm Media. With the new relationship, Algorithm Media is now home to brands such as Mediacom, Mindshare and Wavemaker in Nigeria.

WPP, arguably the largest marketing communications company globally and Nigeria’s fastest growing media agency, Algorithm Media, earlier entered into a deal to deepen their global expansion drive in 2016.

According to Seni Adetu, Group CEO of Algorithm Media, the joint venture conforms to the new reform by Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) on foreign investment in Nigeria, adding that Algorithm Media has a majority stake in the business ownership configuration (75.1%).

In his words: “It was love at first sight with the representative WPP office in Africa as we saw in each other an aligned set of values and connection to the possibilities that this partnership could bring to both parties; most importantly to the clients we were looking to sign up. At the onset, we were looking to do a merger and/or acquisition with an existing local agency, but it didn’t work out unfortunately, and so we had to start from scratch.

It was highlighted that the partnership has enabled WPP to launch its processes and unique proprietary tools which would help local and global clients grow the value they derive from media significantly.

Continuing, he said: “This is where the headroom opportunity is for Algorithm Media. The company was incorporated in 2015 while the affiliation deal was concluded sometime in 2016. As a full service agency network, we offer exceptional media consultancy services in the areas of media strategy, planning, buying & control using consumer insight garnered from industry research and reliable market intelligence for our various clients.

“Presently, the group has a number of local and multinational companies as clients including Nokia Mobile, P&G, Canon, Shell, Colgate Palmolive, Facebook, British Airways, GB Foods, Flour Mills of Nigeria, among others. Algorithm Media is now part of the WPP group conglomerate, which has in its fold – Mindshare, MediaCom and Ogilvy, noted for innovation, speed and excellence. The affiliation discussion started in 2015 and was concluded sometime in 2016.”

He further explained that the team at Algorithm Media was obliged to operate at the highest level of governance and service standards that the world has come to associate with the global giant – Group M/WPP.

“We have an expectation that our clients would be delighted to see those global standards applied to their businesses consistently. That is the headroom opportunity for Algorithm Media.

“Algorithm Media has placed industry experts at the helm of its various businesses: Fiona Uwagwu as MD of Ogilvy Nigeria, Buki Osunkeye as General Manager of Mindshare and Soji Olaogun as General Manager, Mediacom,” Adetu explained.

In the same vein, Buki Osunkeye, the agency’s General Manager, shared her excitement at delivering on a global promise, locally. She has an expectation that their clients would be delighted to see those global standards applied to their businesses consistently.

“At Mindshare Global, one of our key philosophies is staying agile. I am excited about the level of training and structure we will be investing in our people, processes and strategies to ensure that the level of innovative thinking & expertise our clients’ offices receive from our sister companies abroad is exactly what they can expect in Nigeria; together with deep local insights and market capabilities,” she said.

How SARS kidnapped, assaulted, robbed me —Rapper, Ikechukwu

Nigeria rapper and actor, Ikechukwu Onunaku, known as Ikechukwu, has alleged that he was attacked by operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad on Wednesday night, at the Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos State.

The ace rapper said the SARS operatives pulled him out of the Uber he was in, bundled him into their Hilux van and drove him to Lagos Island.

Ikechukwu took to his Instagram page to narrate his ordeal,he wrote that he was assaulted and forced to empty his ATM account even though one of them recognised him as a popular personality

The rapper further said the SARS operatives boasted of working closely with Wazobia FM and would also implicate him If he dared proved stubborn.

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was kidnapped by sars lastnight. Two mins away from my house, taken to lagos island and made to exhaust my atm allowance or i would be killed and no one would know.. Not by armed robbers. But when u are robbed and they are armed fully , 5 ak-47’s . Blows to the head and bundled into a vehicle. Isnt it the same thing. And then after u will now tell me our govt is working. Things are in place. Bla bla. Let me tell u now straight up. I dont care who u are , if u are rolling solo in this town and sars get u. Day or night. If they get ur phone. Its over for u. They dont have names or numbers on their uniforms. They literally said to me ” na u burn this our hilux here yesterday abii” . Acting like they didnt know who i was and were gonna rope me in anything they felt or do with me what they would. After collecting all the money in lagos island they start laughing telling me im too stubborn that when will i introduce them to don jazzy. Oh so u know me. One even bragged about working alot with wazobiafm. Thanx for that info at least now i have a point to start my own investigation. I couldve been shot and left in the dark space on thst dark road. No id no phone . Who would id me. Who would be looking for me for days? Afterall my people saw me enter uber heading home. On the island. Shey im safe . Good morning. Its a good day to be alive. I dont even know what hashtag to put sef. Its ok. I recorded a video initially from when I got home last night but it was too long and it made me cry again. So i just said lemme just yan straight no need for in the moment . Just the facts. We are not safe. End of story. Know as u dey take move. Shout out to @@chris_yaks who was with me thru the whole ordeal. I hope say u dey alright.

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UK seizes record N54bn heroin haul

The United Kingdom authorities have seized a record amount of heroin from a containership at the Felixstowe Port following an international investigation.

Nearly 1.3 tonnes of the class A drug were recovered from the Maersk-operated containership Maersk Gibraltar in an operation on August 30.

The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) said the intercept represented the largest ever seizure of heroin in the country.

Maersk confirmed to World Maritime News that the drugs were recovered from the 10,000 TEU Maersk Gibraltar.

“We cooperate openly and proactively with all relevant authorities,” a Maersk spokesperson said adding that there has been “no operational impact from the recovery operation.”

The seized narcotics are estimated to be worth around GBP 27 million (USD 32.9 million) at wholesale and in excess of GBP 120 million (USD 146.4 million) at street level.

The boxship arrived at Felixstowe on August 30 and was searched by officers from the UK Border Force and the NCA. They found a total of 1,297kg of the substance concealed among a cover load of towels and bathrobes.

After officers removed the drugs, they returned the container to the vessel, which continued on to Antwerp and docked in the Belgian port city on September 1.

Under surveillance by Dutch and Belgian law enforcement agencies, the container was driven by lorry to a warehouse in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Upon arrival, officers moved in and arrested four people who were in the process of unloading the consignment.

“This is a record heroin seizure in the UK and one of the largest ever in Europe,” Matt Horne, NCA Deputy Director, Investigations, said.

“It will have denied organised crime tens of millions of pounds in profits, and is the result of a targeted, intelligence-led investigation, carried out by the NCA with international and UK partners.”

“The smugglers had hidden the drugs within a coverload of towels, stitching the 1kg blocks of heroin inside some of the towels,” Jenny Sharp, Border Force Assistant Director at Felixstowe, said.

“In total it took my officers nearly six hours, working in the early hours of Saturday morning, to remove the drugs.”

South Africa shuts down high commission in Nigeria

The South African high commission in Nigeria has shut down operations in the country.

Lunga Ngqengelele of South Africa’s department of international relations and co-operations, told ENCA, a South African broadcaster, that the high commission is temporarily shutting down following reports of attempted attacks on it.

Ngqengelele said: “We received reports that some of the people in Nigeria and Zambia have tried to attack some of the businesses belonging to South Africans in their countries.”

“Out of safety and of course concerns for the employees of the embassy, a decision was taken that we temporarily shut down while we are assessing the situation and ensure that no one is injured in the process.”

The official said South Africa is in communication with the Nigerian government and “we have been assured of the protection of the businesses belonging to SA”.

“Nigerian police quelled the uprising from the Nigerians attacking SA business, we understand that arrests were made. We are pleased that there was no loss of life,” he added.

Many Nigerians were affected in the fresh xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

In what could be considered a reprisal, some Nigerians looted business outlets owned by South Africans including Shoprite, a retail store.

The Nigeria police force said 125 suspects have been arrested over the attacks while the inspector-general of police has ordered tight security around foreign missions and businesses.

The attacks forced Nigeria to pull out of the ongoing World Economic Forum in South Africa. The country also recalled Kabiru Bala, its high commissioner to that country.

In its initial response to the fresh attacks, the federal government summoned Bobby Monroe, South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari also dispatched a special envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa his concerns on the attacks.

Nigeria has demanded full compensation for its citizens affected in the latest attacks.

Jim Ovia pulls out of World Economic Forum in SA in protest against xenophobia

Jim Ovia, chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, has pulled out of the World Economic Forum (WEF) taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, over the poor state of security of foreign nationals in the country.

On Wednesday, the federal government announced its decision to pull out of the forum and to recall Nigeria’s high commissioner to South Africa over attacks on citizens and their businesses in that country.

Ovia and Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, had come under criticism on social media for their participation in the meeting, with some Nigerians describing their action as ”insensitive”.

In a statement on Thursday, Ovia said he was withdrawing from further participation in the forum to add his voice against the poor state of security of foreign nationals in South Africa.

Before exiting the forum, the entrepreneur asked the South African government to focus on youth empowerment to curb continual attacks on foreign nationals.

‘’Following the hypersensitivity of the issues surrounding the lives and well-being of Nigerian citizens living in South Africa and to contribute his voice against the poor state of security regarding foreign nationals living in Africa, the Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia has withdrawn from further activities at the World Economic Forum Africa 2019, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa,’’ the statement read.

‘’Before taking his exit, Mr. Ovia stressed the need for youth empowerment and better government policies to curb continual attacks on persons living within and outside Africa. He insisted that until positive change towards collective growth happens on this front, the continent would not reach its potential.

‘’Mr. Ovia added that full support should be rendered in vocational education of the young persons living in not just Nigeria but Africa. According to him, the Jim Ovia Foundation has taken up a stance on this issue, having empowered over 3,500 students and entrepreneurs since its inception. He called on other members of the private sector to join hands and solve this menace plaguing the African continent.’’

Some Nigerians have asked the government to apply drastic measures in responding to the attacks in South Africa. Orji Kalu, senate chief whip, asked that South African-owned businesses in the country be shut down if the attacks continue.

Air Peace offers free flights to Nigerians willing to return from South Africa

Air Peace has offered free flights to Nigerians willing to return from South Africa over the xenophobic attacks in the country.

Ferdinand Nwonye, spokesman of the ministry of foreign affairs, announced this in a statement on Wednesday.

Many Nigerians were affected in the fresh xenophobic attacks that started few days ago in South Africa.

Nwonye said Air Peace volunteered to send an aircraft from Friday to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria “free of charge.”

“The general public is hereby advised to inform their relatives in South Africa to take advantage of this laudable gesture,” the statement read.

“Interested Nigerians are therefore advised to liaise with the High Commission of Nigeria in Pretoria and the Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg for further necessary arrangement.”

The attacks had forced Nigeria to pull out of the ongoing World Economic Forum in South Africa.

The country also recalled Kabiru Bala, its high commissioner to South Africa.

In its initial response to the fresh attacks, the federal government had summoned Bobby Monroe, South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari also dispatched a special envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa, his concerns on the attacks.

Nigeria has also demanded full compensation for its citizens involved in the latest attacks.

Retaliatory attacks: Nigeria Police beef up security…arrest 125 suspected looters

Following spontaneous protests spewed by the xenophobic attacks on hapless Nigerians resident in South Africa following which business concerns linked to South Africa across the nation were torched, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed  Adamu, has put his senior personnel across the country on red alert to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

Sources said the Police chief has also ordered a water-tight security around  embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within the country to ensure that miscreant do not cash in on the situation to cause havoc and loot.

Distraught Nigerians especially, the youths had stormed the streets of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ibadan Calabar, Enugu and other states of the federation protesting the unwarranted killing of Nigerians by South African in their country; threatening to cripple any business outfit linked to South Africa in Nigeria.

A few of such outfits including Shoprite, MTN were reportedly attacked by the irate youths in Lagos even as unconfirmed report said the Police in a bid to prevent total breakdown of law and order as well as wanton looting shot dead one of the protesters in Lekki area of Lagos.

In the meantime, a statement signed by the Force public relations officer DCP Frank Mba and made available to CrimeWorldsaid a total number of 125 persons suspected to be involved in the destruction and looting of such business outfits in Lagos were taken into custody while some of the stolen items were also recovered from them.

The statement which conveyed IGP’s stand and the plea for calm even as the federal government had stepped into the killing said,   “This order is against the backdrop of the unfortunate attack on Shoprite outlets in Lekki Area of Lagos Sate on 3rd September, 2019 by some miscreants who attacked and looted the Malls ostensibly under the pretext of protesting against the incessant “xenophobic” attacks in South Africa. To this end, all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police across the Federation have been placed on red alert to ensure no similar violence is replicated within the country.

“The IGP condemns the violent attacks and notes that three Police officers were seriously injured and a Police operational vehicle set ablaze. He also notes that a total number of one hundred and twenty-five (125) suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident while a good number of looted valuables have been recovered by the Police.”

Continuing, the statement said, “While recognizing the rights of citizens to air their views on salient national issues as enshrined in our statutes, the Force reiterates that these must be done within the confines of the law. Miscreants and criminally-minded people who masquerade as genuine protesters are therefore warned to stay-off the streets of Nigeria as the Force will not hesitate to bring to bear the full weight of the law on any such law breaker. Parents and Guardians are therefore enjoined to prevail on their children and wards to desist from acts capable of causing breakdown of law and order in the country.”

Meanwhile, the Force has commenced investigations and profiling of the arrested suspects with a view to establishing their connection with the stealing, malicious damage, arson and disturbance of public peace on the day of the incident. The Force is hereby reassuring all law-abiding citizens, embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within the country of their security and safety.”