The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday arraigned 83 persons who allegedly participated in vandalizing and looting of South African-owned mall, Shoprite, purportedly in protest against xenophobic killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
The defendants were arraigned before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court, Yaba on six counts bordering on conspiracy, riotous assembly, arson, stealing, malicious damage, unlawful destruction of property and conduct likely to cause the breach of peace.
The police alleged that the defendants vandalized Shoprite Malls at Surulere and Sangotedo-Ajah on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and stole and damaged properties estimated at N500m.
These contravenes sections 50, 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 and were liable to be punished under sections 339 (1) (2), 168 (d) and 411 of the same Act, the prosecution told the court.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty.
The magistrate, Mr P.A. Ojo, admitted each of them to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum, saying the sureties must be the defendants’ parents or a paternal family member.
The case was adjourned till October 9, 2019