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Purchasers of Looted Food Items will be prosecuted- Lagos Police

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The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi has advised residents of the state against buying looted goods.

Adejobi in an interview with The PUNCH, disclosed that those who purchase stolen items are liable to be prosecuted under the law.

He said, “Those that might fall victim of buying or receiving stolen goods, they must know that a receiver is liable under the law. If a receiver is buying a product that is cheaper than the real amount at the open market, then he should know it is a stolen item and that is what we call guilty knowledge. If I am to buy a product at the rate of N1m and somebody is telling you to buy it for N50,000, don’t buy such a thing.

“A looter will not sell a stolen product at the actual amount because he/she won’t have a quick buyer. So, because they don’t want to hold the stolen product for long, they will sell at very cheap prices. People must be careful of what they buy. If there is a need for them to buy anything, they should go to the open market or the shopping mall and buy there.

“They should be careful of buying used items because they might likely buy some of the stolen items and they would be arrested as the investigation continues.

When asked about the number of suspects arrested in connection with the looting, arson and vandalism in Lagos State, Adejobi said, “I can’t give any figure on the number of suspects arrested in connection with the looting, arson and vandalism across the state.

But the Lagos State Government had on Saturday said it would prosecute 229 suspected hoodlums, who were arrested for arson and looting last week.

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