Police warn residents against buying looted goods

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The Lagos Police Command has warned residents of the state against buying looted goods.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, gave the admonition against the backdrop of widespread looting of warehouses, shops and government property in the wake of EndSARS protest across the nation.

Adejobi in an interview with Punchng.com also pointed out telltale signs indicating stolen goods adding that receiving or buying such goods is punishable under the law.

“Those that might fall victim of buying or receiving stolen goods, they must know that a receiver is liable under the law. If a receiver is buying a product that is cheaper than the real amount at the open market, then he should know it is a stolen item and that is what we call guilty knowledge. If I am to buy a product at the rate of N1m and somebody is telling you to buy it for N50,000, don’t buy such a thing.

“A looter will not sell a stolen product at the actual amount because he/she won’t have a quick buyer. So, because they don’t want to hold the stolen product for long, they will sell at very cheap prices. People must be careful of what they buy. If there is a need for them to buy anything, they should go to the open market or the shopping mall and buy there.

“They should be careful of buying used items because they might likely buy some of the stolen items and they would be arrested as the investigation continues,” he told the paper.

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