Looters return items stolen from govt, private facilities in Nigeria
London, Oct. 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Some God fearing looters have begun to return items stolen from government facilities and private businesses in Osun state, a state in the South West region of Nigeria in response to a 72-hour ultimatum given by the state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola
The governor who gave the ultimatum on during an on-the-spot assessment of some of the properties vandalised across the State on Sunday gave the looters 72-hour amnesty to return the loot after which those who refused to honour the amnesty would be treated as criminals, tracked and brought to justice.
Nigerian security forces are struggling to contain increasing cases of looting on government-run warehouses across the country, in the latest incident of unrest following widespread, youth-led protests against police brutality.
The storage facilities hold tonnes of relief materials including food meant for distribution during lockdowns previously enforced to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
While the distribution programme had been temporarily halted across several states in the country in recent months, it emerged this week relief items were still stored in some of these facilities, as well as the private homes of politicians.
The Chairman of the the Loots Recovery Committee and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Prince Abdullah Binuyo, who confirmed the development on Tuesday, October 27, said the State Government had received a sizeable number of the looted properties in about 10 Local Government Areas of the State.
“In just 24 hours, many of the people in possession of looted properties are already responding to the Governor’s amnesty directives. The response has been encouraging and we commend the people who have responded so far,” he said.
“Governor Oyetola, a man whose word is his bond, has promised amnesty to those who have surrendered looted properties in their possession so far. But there are still so much more out there yet to be recovered.
“The State Government is hereby imploring those who still have looted properties in their possession to surrender all they have illegally carted away to the security agencies, traditional rulers, local government chairmen and community leaders of their respective domains. The State Government wishes to reiterate that those who refused to take full advantage of the amnesty would be tracked and brought to justice”, he added
Meanwhile, Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu’s staff of office which was one of the items looted from his vandalized palace has mysteriously reappeared.
The staff of office was seen in a scattered room, hours after some traditionalists in the state initiated the process of placing a curse on those behind the looting.