Crime and Security

Police arrest 400 El-Zakzakky members with petrol bombs in Abuja

 

The Nigeria Police said it has arrested 400 members of the El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement of Nigeria, for what it termed, unprovoked attack on Police personnel and the setting ablaze of Police vehicle.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Jimoh Moshood made this known in a statement on Tuesday in which he said those arrested were with thirty One (31) bottles of petrol bombs and other dangerous weapons and were now in Police Custody.

Moshood disclosed that all of them would be arraigned in Court after investigation under Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act 2013.

The statement read: “IGP condemns the unprovoked attack on Police personnel and the setting ablaze of Police vehicle; directs a total clamp-down on the perpetrators, thorough investigation and prosecution of the members of the El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement of Nigeria, now in Police custody.

“Four Hundred (400) members of the group arrested today for disturbance of public peace and law and order in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and setting ablaze of Police vehicle and those arrested with thirty One (31) bottles of petrol bombs and other dangerous weapons, now in Police Custody, will all be arraigned in Court after investigation under Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act 2013.

“Commissioners of Police in States with presence of El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement Groups are now on Red-alert to deal decisively in accordance with the law and prevent the group from causing breakdown of law and order in those States

“Consequent on the disturbance of public peace, unprovoked attack on Police personnel and the setting ablaze of Police vehicle in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja today, 30th October, 2018 by members of the El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement of Nigeria, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, has placed the Commissioners of Police and their personnel in States with presence of El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement on Red-alert.

“They are to deal decisively in accordance with the law with the sect and prevent the group from causing breakdown of law and order in those States.

The spokesman said that the Force will not condone lawlessness and disturbance of public peace by any group(s) under any guise that runs contrary to the constitutional provisions and other enabling laws on preservation of law and order and protection of lives and property of all Nigerians.

He stressed that the full weight of the law will be applied on perpetrators of violence and lawlessness that can lead to breach of the peace, and law and order anywhere in the country.

Moshood called on members of the public in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other contiguous States to the FCT to be vigilant and go about their lawful engagements without fear or apprehension, as the situation has been fully brought under control.

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