Returning stolen goods may not shield a looter from prosecution – FCT police boss, Bala Ciroma says

The FCT police command says returning goods looted from warehouses storing COVID-19 palliatives and other items may not shield a looter from being prosecuted.
The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Bala Ciroma, disclosed this when he appeared on NTA on Wednesday October 28.
Private and Public warehouses were looted by hoodlums on Monday and Tuesday in the nation’s capital. The FCT authorities have appealed for the looters to return the stolen items.
In his interview this morning, Ciroma stated that stealing remains a crime in Nigeria and that returning a looted item doesn’t change the fact that a crime has been committed.
“In a situation where people come to return goods, the fact remains did you commit an offence or not? We will get our legal experts to look at it and we will decide what to do with it.
We will conclude our investigations and the legal experts will look at it accordingly but the fact remains that a crime has been committed.”
The CP stated that the police had been able to arrest several persons who looted warehouses and some properties had been recovered.

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