- The police is now restoring order across the country after recent unrests in several states
- In Kogi state, the commissioner of police has paraded alleged looters in front of the media
- The commissioner said those found guilty would be prosecuted through the courts
Kogi state commissioner of police, Ayuba Ede on Wednesday, October 28 paraded fifty-six suspects who looted materials and vandalized properties worth several millions of naira in Lokoja last week.
An age analysis of the suspects shows that the youngest of them is 17 years old, while the oldest is 50 years old.
The exhibits recovered from the suspects include a pump machine, agrochemicals, cartons of surgical gloves, a kit containing spanners and screwdrivers, different types/models of motorcycles, several tricycles, pair of ram boots, and motorcycles.
Nine of the suspects were arrested in connection with the breaking and looting of the warehouse of essential drugs and properties of the Kogi state government.
Other exhibits recovered are a Peugeot 407 car containing different types of assorted drugs and medical equipment stolen from the government’s essential drug warehouse.
The police command said further investigation led to the arrest of 13 suspects in connection with the breaking and looting of the Kogi state agricultural development project and the ministry of works warehouse.
The police also recovered two sacks containing forcefully dismembered air conditioners, computers, and other electronics, six spraying cans, and two ceiling fans.
Parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Lokoja, CP Ede said their arrest was in compliance with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to reclaim the public space and restore normalcy across the federation.
He said the IGP had also directed police formations across the country to bring an end to wanton violence, killings, looting and destruction of public and private properties and get rid of criminal elements masquerading as protesters in some parts of the country.
He noted that consequent upon the reports of looting of some government facilities across Lokoja metropolis, he mobilized and personally led other heads of security agencies and coordinated the operation to halt the further slide into lawlessness and brigandage.
Meanwhile, in Akwa Ibom, youth leaders have commenced efforts to prevent further looting in Uyo, the state capital after the #EndSARS protest in the state was hijacked by hoodlums.
Honourable Monday Eyoh who convened a meeting in the state said it is crucial to call all youth representatives from the 14 wards making up Uyo local government area, to a meeting.
In Delta, 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.
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