The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has arrested 51 suspected looters and recovered some stolen items.
The Commissioner of Police in FCT, Mr Bala Ciroma, made the disclosure at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.
Ciroma said that the operation that led to the arrests was sequel to the looting and destruction of public and private warehouses in the territory by some suspected hoodlums.
“It is on record that in the last two weeks, the FCT and other parts of the federation have witnessed various forms of protest and demonstration under different guise.
“Some of the protests have taken different colouration and dimensions, which have resulted in loss of lives, destruction of property and looting.
“In the bid to ensure the protection of lives and property within the territory, the command has arrested 51 suspected looters and recovered some looted items,” he said.
The commissioner of police warned people involved in all forms of criminality to desist from such acts, especially looting and vandalism of public property in the FCT.
He warned that the police would not condone acts capable of undermining the safety of lives and property of the residents in the territory.
Ciroma said that in compliance with the directive by Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Abubakar, the command had initiated tactical strategies such as diligent motorised and foot patrols to curb crime in the FCT.
He also said that the command had also deployed personnel to secure key infrastructure across the territory, in collaboration with sister security agencies and community stakeholders.
He appealed to residents to remain law abiding and calm.