A JOINT security operation team in Lusaka yesterday arrested 27 people for conduct likely to cause the breach of peace and recovered 22 various offensive weapons as police issued a stern warning against lawlessness including mounting of illegal road blocks.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said the 27 were cornered in Mtendere in the early hours of yesterday.
Ms. Katongo said after screening, those linked to the offensive weapons were likely to be charged with possession of offensive weapons.
“27 people were arrested in the early hours of today (yesterday) by a joint operation team in Mtendere Compound for conduct likely to cause the breach of peace. 22 various offensive weapons were recovered from them.
“All those who would want to conduct patrols in their communities should do so in liaison with police in their respective areas. All those that will be found moving round communities on pretext of conducting patrols without police blessings will be dealt with accordingly,” Ms. Katongo said.
She said this was an act of pure criminality where some criminals would want to take advantage of the prevailing situation to attack unsuspecting members of the public and steal from them.