Nigerians are free to demonstrate against South Africa’s recurring xenophobic attacks as long as they do so peacefully.
Those who resort to the kind of looting and violence some South Africans are unleashing on fellow Africans will face the wrath of the law, Nigeria Police warned on Tuesday evening.
The warning comes as vice continue to accompany Nigerians’ protests against South African’s hate. Nigerians have been demonstrating against South African businesses like MTN and Shoprite.
MTN was forced to close shop indefinitely after its offices in Ibadan and Abuja were attacked. Shoprite mall was also razed and looted in Lekki area of Lagos.
But police said they have arrested 125 Nigerians “miscreants” who masqueraded as protesters to commit the said crimes.
The Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu also “ordered water-tight security around embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within the country,” the police said in a statement.
“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.
“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” the police said.