The PPRO for Lagos State police command, Ngozi Braide.

The PPRO for Lagos State police command, Ngozi Braide.

THE Lagos State Police Command has arrested five Afghan nationals for loitering. According to the the police, the suspects were arrested around the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees located on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.

It was learnt that the suspects, Antiat Khan, Hakim Jan, Abdul Qadir, Abdul Bassit Naway and Syed Abid Hashimi, arrived Nigeria by sea on May 10, 2013.

The suspects, who were sighted by policemen on patrol around midnight, claimed to be hanging around the UN refugee agency because they had nowhere to go.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, told our correspondent on the telephone that the suspects had been taken to the Onikan Police Division.

Braide said, “The suspects were seen loitering around UNHCR at 11.50pm on August 21, 2013. After policemen accosted them, they said they arrived Nigeria by sea from Afghanistan in May and the agency had refused to address their plight.

“They have been taken to Onikan Division.”