Nigerians are currently experiencing severe hardship necessitated by the lack of access to the new naira notes.
The situation has prompted protests in some parts of the country.
The police in Lagos say they are aware of plans by some groups to use the naira notes scarcity as an excuse to foment violence.
Eko Hot Blog reports that the Lagos State Police Command has claimed that it has “uncovered” plans by some groups to unleash violence in some parts of the state.
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The command made the disclosure in a statement issued by its spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, on Monday evening.
The police said alleged violent groups are trying to take advantage of the scarcity of new naira notes to perpetrate unlawful acts.
The force, therefore, warned such groups to shelve their plans or face the wrath of the law.
“The Lagos State Police Command has uncovered plans by some groups of persons to take advantage of the new Naira notes scarcity to unleash violence in some parts of the State,” the statement reads.
“The Command hereby warns these groups to shelve their planned violence or have the full weight of the law to contend with.
“Lagos State residents and visitors are enjoined not to panic as the Police, in conjunction with other security agencies, embark on confidence-building patrols across the Lagos metropolis.
“In the meantime, all law-abiding Lagosians are encouraged to go about their lawful duties without any fear of harassment or intimidation as the Command has ensured optimal deployment of human and operational resources towards guaranteeing their safety and security.”
The Lagos police claims come a day after arresting some ‘Yoruba Nation’ agitators for planning a protest.
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