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Adamawa Governor Gives Hoodlums 12 Hours To Return Loot, Vows To Demolish Houses Habouring Items



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Following the massive looting by some hoodlums in Adamawa, the Governor of the state, Ahmadu Fintiri has come out to give the looters a 12-hour ultimatum to bring back the stolen items.

In earlier reports, the governor on Sunday had imposed a 24-hour curfew after some group of hoodlums pretending to be EndSARS protesters went ahead to loot some public and private warehouses.

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In a broadcast made on Tuesday, Fintiri disclosed that with regards to the looting incident, nine vehicles and 12 tricycles containing stolen loot have been seized while a number of 155 suspects have been apprehended.

While placing emphasizing on the ultimatum for returning stolen goods, he added that if the goods or items are not returned, houses containing such items will be demolished.

He stated:

“I am giving a 12 hour ultimatum (6:00 pm – 6:00 am) to the hoodlums to return whatever they looted from public and private warehouses and homes to the nearest Police Station and traditional rulers’ houses (from the ward to the district level), whichever is nearest to them.

“This ultimatum will expire at 6:00 am on Wednesday, 28th – October, 2020, after which I will sign an Executive Order for a house-to-house search to commence by 7:00 am of the same day.

“Part of the provision of the order is a sanction that will attract withdrawal of C of O and if necessary, demolition of every house that habours any of the stolen properties. Law abiding citizens should cooperate with the security agencies to ensure this is enforced to the letter.

“With shock, we received the report of attacks on the Customs Office, Road Safety, Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NEMA office, COVID-19 Isolation Centre at Kofare, North East Commodity Association (NECAS) Kofare, public and private warehouses in Demsawo, Nyako Quarters, opposite airport, behind Zenith Bank, Bakin Kogi, Mayanka, Upper Benue, AADP, LEA, Yola South, Red Cross opposite FMC, Aliyu Mustafa College; Dr. Belel’s workshop, private farms, etc”.

“The loss is materially colossal but more enormous is the loss of moral values driven by greedy criminal urge to steal. We condemn in strong terms the outright demonstration of brigandage as barbaric, criminal and a recipe for anarchy.

“The other two categories of people I greatly owe apologies to are the vulnerable especially at the 21 LGAs who would have been the beneficiaries of the looted goods but were denied because of the activities of the hoodlums; and the owners of the private warehouses, shops and properties looted. I truly feel your pain.

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