- The riots by hoodlums in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital has been addressed by Governor Udom Emmanuel
- The governor addressed citizens of the state in a statewide broadcast on the violence perpetuated by hooligans
- Governor Emmanuel said #EndSARS protests was a noble idea hijacked by criminals to foment trouble in the state and beyond
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has addressed citizens of the state following widespread violence, looting and arson that were perpetuated in Uyo, the state capital recently.
The incident occurred after a peaceful #EndSARS protest was hijacked by criminals and hoodlums.
In a statewide broadcast, Governor Emmanuel expressed sympathy with the victims of the carnage that was meted on them by rogue elements who infiltrated the rank of protesters to cause mayhem.
The governor lamented that Akwa Ibom state became a victim of a coordinated and premeditated attack by hoodlums and criminals
He drew comparison between the peaceful #EndSARS protests and violence caused by hoodlum, saying:
“EndSARS is an attempt to stop terror. These vandals came to spread terror. EndSARS wants to stop the brutalization of citizens. These vandals brutalized the good, working people of Akwa Ibom state.
“EndSARS is about stopping extortion and stealing. These vandals stole and looted. #EndSARS is about peace and constitutionality. These vandals committed arson and horrendous crimes.’’
Recall that Governor Udom Emmanuel had on Thursday, October 22 declared a curfew effective 9 pm till midday Friday, October 23.
The governor said the action was taken to protect the lives and property of citizens and the restoration of law and order in Akwa Ibom state.
EndSARS: Southeast governor imposes 24-hour curfew as violence erupts, security agents, govt properties attacked
As a follow-up, the Akwa Ibom government has issued a stern warning to hoodlums disguising as #EndSARS protesters and burning properties in the state.
Earlier, the state executive council of the Akwa Ibom government cautioned against the politicization or hijack of the #EndSARS protests in the state.
The council had also urged all citizens to commit the country to prayers and engage in activities and discourse that will magnify Nigeria's unity and promote peace.
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