- Despite the 24 hours curfew declared in Cross River state, hoodlums came out to loot and destroy both government and private properties
- The hoodlums looted and vandalised various establishments including malls, confectionery among others
- There also an attack on houses of prominent politicians in the state especially National Assembly members
Hoodlums are having a field day looting shopping malls, burning houses and government properties in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.
Saturday Sun reports that as 6am on Saturday, October 24, the hoodlums, who defied the 24 hours curfew imposed by Governor Ben Ayade, came out in their numbers and started unleashing terror. They descended on both private and public properties
Some of the buildings already vandalised include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office along Marian Road, Cross River State Transport Regulatory Agency (CRTRA) office and banks along Mayne Avenue and 8-Miles Calabar.
Federal institutions like the Ministry of Agriculture, Cross River Basin Authourity, and Federal Psychiatric Hospital were also vandalised.
Houses belonging to some politicians were not spared. Some of those affected include Senators Gershom Bassey and Victor Ndoma Egba.
Bassey’s houses located at Mayne Avenue by White and the one at Asari Iso were looted and burnt.
Egba's house located within the same Asari Iso axis was also vandalised.
To restore normalcy, military personnel have reportedly taken over major streets.
Reacting to the havoc caused by the hoodlums, residents are wondering why all the security agencies allowed such level of looting and arson take place in the state.
A resident, Inyang Aauquo, said:
“This has gone beyond the #EndSARS protest. The looting of people’s private properties and the destruction of their businesses must stop forthwith."
He called on the governor to crackdown on the hoodlums, saying Calabar has never witnessed such level of insecurity and lawlessness.
The Cross River State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) also condemned the attack, saying it is unacceptable.
In a statement signed by its chairman, Comrades Victor Udu and secretary, Oka Ibor, it said:
”It is sad and unfortunate that the #EndSARS protest has been hijacked by miscreants and hoodlums."
This is coming less than 24 hours after a warehouse filled with COVID-19 palliatives at Bishop Moinagh Street, State Housing Authority in Calabar was looted by hoodlums.
Governor Ayade quickly took action and imposed a 24 hours curfew in the state starting from 6 p.m. on Friday, October 23.
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