There seems to no end in sight in the looting, destruction of private and public properties by hoodlums in the wake of the #ENDSARS protests in many states of the country.
Despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech on Thursday calling for calm and promising the youth that their requests is getting prompt attention by government, free-for-all looting and vandalisation of properties continue on Saturday.
In Osun State as angry youth attacked Iwo Local Government Secretariat looting anything they consider valuable, and later set the Secretariat ablaze.
In Oyo state a mob invaded the residence of the senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial zone, Teslim Folarin. Reports say the visibly angry youth looted several new motorcycles at the home of the lawmaker located in Oluyole Extension axis of Ibadan. Other materials carted away are freezers, grinding machines and other valuables.
The serving Senator who confirmed the incident to an Ibadan based Radio station on Saturday in a telephone interview said no fewer than 300 motorcycles, deep freezers, and food items, which were meant for the empowerment of his constituents, were looted.
In Calabar, the capital of Cross River state, it was violence and confusion on Saturday as hoodlums in their hundreds continue to vandalise and loot public and private facilities in the state.
The mob had on Friday broke into a warehouse where COVID-19 palliative were stored and looted bags of rice and other items, while soldiers stood by to watch. This may the due to Governor Ben Ayade instruction that security officials should not shoot at anyone seen looting government warehouses.
Plateau state was the hot bed of Saturday’s looting as a massive warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives were stored in Jos South Local Government Area of the State was looted by the people.
Thousands were seen in different videos scrambling to gain entrance into the warehouse. Reports say the warehouse belong to the State Emergency Management Agency.
Eyewitnesses say after breaking into the warehouse, the hoodlums asked the residents to pick whatever they could see in the warehouse and return home.
Security operatives initially tried to disperse the hoodlums when they mobilised to the warehouse but could not do much as the crowd was overwhelming.
Reports of looting and breaking into malls were also reported in different parts of the country on Saturday. Meanwhile the Inspector General of police Muhammed Adamu has directed officers to reclaim public space and restore normalcy to the country.