Edo police give hoodlums seven-day ultimatum to return looted firearms

Edo police give hoodlums seven-day ultimatum to return looted firearms

The Edo state police command has accused hoodlums of looting firearms from police formations in the state

The command has pleaded with residents to assist the police in its efforts to arrest those responsible for the incident

The police disclosed that other items were also looted from government and private facilities in the guise of protests

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The Edo state police command is already making efforts to recover firearms looted by hoodlums in police formations in the state during the EndSARS protests.

The state commissioner of police, Babatunde Kokumo has given hoodlums one week the return the weapons looted, This Day reported.

Edo police give hoodlums seven-day ultimatum to return looted firearms

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The police promised to offer a reward to anyone with information exposing those responsible for the looting.

According to a statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, Chidi Nwabuzor, the police boss stated that the seven-day ultimatum took effect from November 9.

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The police commissioner said:

“The criminal elements must return within seven days, with effect from November 9, 2020, the police and other security agencies’ arms, ammunition and other items looted during the attacks on government and private facilities in Edo State, in the guise of #EndSARS protests.
“Police cannot do it alone. Members of the public must collaborate with Edo State Police Command in the areas of information gathering and dissemination."

Meanwhile, Abdullahi Adamu, a senator representing Nasarawa-west, has alleged that the promoters of the EndSARS protest wanted to use it to effect a regime change.

The lawmaker during an interview with Daily Trust claimed that the EndSARS protests were sponsored by some prominent Nigerians to discredit the north.

Adamu, who was the Nasarawa state governor between 1999 and 2007, said if President Muhammadu Buhari was not from the north, the protests would not have occurred.

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In another news, a coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has told the United Nations (UN) to flag the recently held EndSARS protest as a "violent insurrection" against a democratically elected government of the Nigerian state.

Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, chairman of the group, made this controversial demand on Monday, November 9, in Abuja as the specks of dust from the EndSARS protest are winding down.

The coalition also appealed to the global body to ensure that groups, organisations and individuals supporting the protest are sanctioned appropriately.

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