Even as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello, asked those who looted warehouses in the territory to return the items, the FCT Police Command has insisted that returning looted goods would not stop prosecution of the perpetrators.

Commissioner of Police Bala Ciroma said this on NTA’s Good Morning Nigeria programme on Wednesday.

According to him, stealing remains a crime in Nigeria and the return of looted goods does not change the fact that a crime has been committed.

Adding that cases of looting would be handled based on their merit.

“We will conclude our investigations and the legal experts will look at it accordingly, but the fact remains 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,” he said.

The command said it had so far arrested 51 persons for their alleged involvement in the looting of Covid19 palliatives from various warehouses in the nation’s capital.

Ciroma said this while briefing newsmen in Abuja, saying that it is on record that in the last two weeks the FCT and other parts of the federation have witnessed various forms of protests and demonstrations under different guises, some of which had taken different colourations and dimensions, resulting in the loss of lives, wanton destruction of property and looting.