The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) has warned its members to avoid buying or selling any item stolen by hoodlums, following reports of massive destruction and looting in some parts of the country.
The NANTS President, Dr Ken Ukaoha, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, directed members of the association to report any suspected seller or buyer of such items to the market leadership or the nearest security agency.
“No member of NANTS must be found culpable or associated with such stolen items, as any trader or market found in possession of the items would be excommunicated or made to face the full wrath of the law.
“NANTS wishes to reiterate the need for all members to be detached from all forms of the ongoing brigandage as well as destruction of government and private properties,” he said.
Ukaoha urged members of the association be more security conscious, while making concerted efforts to safeguard their shops and markets, to forestall possible looting and arson.
The NANTS president called on government to take measures to arrest the situation and ensure that the looting spree did not escalate to other markets and shopping malls.
He also urged government to investigate the looting incidents, with a view to identifying the culprits and making them face the law so as to serve as deterrent to others.