Riots: We won't allow hoodlums destroy our state, says Gov Okowa

Riots: We won't allow hoodlums destroy our state, says Gov Okowa

- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has gone round Delta state to see the level of destruction caused by hoodlums

- The hoodlums hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protests and destroyed several state government properties in Asaba

- The Delta state governor assured that the long arm of the law will catch up with those who destroyed public facilities

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has warned that hoodlums hiding under the guise of #ENDSARS protest to perpetuate arson and destruction of public and private assets in the state would face the wrath of the law.

He gave the warning on Saturday, October 24 while inspecting buildings and other structures torched on Wednesday night, October 21 in Asaba by hoodlums.

Riots: We won't allow hoodlums destroy our state, says Gov Okowa
Riots: We won't allow hoodlums destroy our state, says Gov Okowa
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The governor called on residents of the state to be vigilant and also synergize with security operatives and the government in fashioning out ways to arrest and prosecute those behind the dastardly act.

His words:

“I know that is not the intention of those who started the protest but the criminal elements among us have come in and tried to perpetrate this level of arson and violence.’’

Hoodlums had hijacked the peaceful protests in several states in the country, prompting rumours of third party infiltration of an otherwise peaceful procession in the last two weeks.

Governor Okowa had identified with the protesters when they came to Government House, Asaba, with many hailing him for speaking out when most of his colleagues were silent on the issue.

He lamented that many young Nigerians have been victims of police brutality in the past, even as he hailed the youths for conducting themselves peacefully on the day.

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Recall that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had on Wednesday, October 14, said with the outcome of the #EndSARS protests across Nigeria, leaders in the country will likely see things differently.

Okowa stated this when the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students of Delta origin and the National Executive of National Association of Delta State Students visited him at Government House, Asaba.

He commended youths who came out to protest over issues of police brutality and harassment, saying it will challenge leaders to focus more on issues that affect young people.

Meanwhile, Honourable Tajudeen Yusuf, member representing Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency of Kogi state has called for an effective dialogue and a timely resolution of the recent face-off that started as #EndSARS protest between Nigeria’s political elites and protesting youths.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) federal lawmaker, warned that the stand-off between the elites and the youths stand the risk of huge collective losses.

He lamented that long years of official insensitivity, lack of effective response to loud complaints against the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad and persistent skepticism about government’s promises are among factors that caused the current face-off.

Lamenting the loss of lives and the criminal opportunism of hoodlums, he emphasized that irrespective of political party affiliations and ethnic origin, the entire political class, youth and other stakeholders across the federation stand to lose a lot if normalcy is not speedily restored.

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